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What is A Cappella?

Since Wikipedia is smarter than we are, here is what it has to say: <3/1/2012>

A cappella (Italian for "in the manner of the church" or "in the manner of the chapel"[1], also see gospel music and choir) music is specifically solo or group singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It is the opposite of cantata, which is accompanied singing. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music.[2] In modern usage, a cappella often refers to an all-vocal group performance of any style, including barbershop, doo wop, and modern pop/rock. Today, a cappella also includes sample/loop "vocal only" productions.

What is that chapel in which the manner was imitated? The SISTINE Chapel.

Why is it called the SISTINE Chapel? It is named after the one who commissioned it. Pope Sixtus IV

Where does the name Pope Sixtus come from? Pope Sixtus was the 6th pope after Peter. He was not very creative. Sixtus II became a saint. Sixtus III was a contemporary of St. Augustine, who didn't seem too fond of him. But then he became Pope and they were pals.(fact check needed.) Sixtus IV lived in the 15th century. Renaissance time. The Catholic Church made huge contributions to art, music, and architecture.

Could you say that the Catholic Church invented A Cappella music? No.

The Catholic Church still makes huge contributions to our wonderful world.

Sixtus is named after Pope Sixtus. The IVth one.

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