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Celebrating Lutheran Music cover artSince the time of Martin Luther, the Lutheran Church has been known as "the singing church." Our worship and celebrations have been enriched by a priceless collection of liturgies, choral works, and hymns through which we express our faith.

As a tribute to that rich history, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has created "Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church"- a compilation of five CDs, an interactive CD-ROM and a 50-page booklet highlighting the music of Lutherans from the 16th through the 20th centuries. The collection was provided by Thrivent Financial to Lutheran congregations and select institutions. It is no longer available.

This site is a condensed compliment to the limited-edition compact-disc set. These resources were created to help Lutheran congregations and educational institutions honor and celebrate this tradition.

While this site contains a wealth of resources and information, we encourage you to visit your Lutheran congregation or educational institution if you would like to review the entire limited-edition compact-disc collection.

Within this site you will find:

  • Key remarks from respected music experts
  • Dozens of audio samples from the most famous composers from each century
  • Background and detail information to provide perspective and context
  • Photographs and/or artwork from each time period

Although not all resources from the compact-disc set are duplicated here, you will find musical samples, historical information and expert commentary valuable as you learn more about Lutheran Heritage and Lutheran music's role over the past 500 years.

We hope that pastors, ministers of music, choral directors, worship coordinators, music teachers, and students will use these resources to deepen their own appreciation for this remarkable musical heritage and to carry this tradition forward to future generations.


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