The Origins of Renaissance Polyphony in Byelorussian Greek-Rite Liturgical Chant

... The growth of secular and religious music in the Grand Duchy in the latter part of the 16th century tended to centre round the courts of the magnates... their private chapels became centres of development for Renaissance polyphony. The Grand Ducal city of Vilna itself exerted an ever increasing westernising influence on Church music, particularly after the political union with Poland in Lublin...

... The implementation of the Tridentine reforms brought the rules of the Latin church in Lithuania into harmony with those decreed in Moscow at the Council of Stoglav in 1551, and thereby may have facilitated the reception of Western polyphony into Orthodox churches...

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