Why are Gregorian Chants so important in Church and Western society?

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Gregorian Chant has its roots in ancient Hebrew and Byzantium-era music, but adapted those early forms into much more complicated and melodious arrangements.  Over hundreds of years, the adaptation of Christian prayer to musical format evolved into what became known as “Gregorian Chant.”  While documentation is nonexistent and interpretations differ, the genesis of Gregorian Chant in its current form has been attributed to Pope Gregory I (590-604 AD), who is said to have formally established this form of chant as a component of Christian – and later primarily Catholic – prayer services. 

The importance of Gregorian Chant to the Church and to Western society could be slightly exaggerated today.  In fact, outside of the Catholic Church,...

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