The Old Believers song book is distinguished by a range of outward external features; as a rule, the big format, skilled binding, internal decorations, headbands, frames, initials. Even an ordinary manuscript is written not by a assiduous handwriting and has minimum ornaments, it is always the only and unique one. Its value lies in its direct "working" usage in divine services.
[IsPartOf] Russian Orthodox Church History - Music/Songs of the Old Believers - History of the Raskol (schism)
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