From Ancient Roots to the Modern Classical Tradition
Guy L. Beck
The chanting of OM is almost always tonal, unless muttered in near-silence. That is, OM is normally executed in a kind of monotone on the tonic note of a scale. This method is still the foundation of Hindu worship and the basis for opening classical vocal music performances.
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Originally published in the journal Religions, 10(2), 85, 2019. Republished here with thanks.