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Music is a gift by God. It drives away Satan and makes people happy. This is how Martin Luther described the role of music in terms of faith and mind. He was a well trained singer and lutenist himself. As such he composed and wrote songs that would transform the reformers dogmas into music. The songs written by him and his followers were quite effective in spreading word of the Reformation. The first German songs of the reformers had been performed as protest songs and from this time forward, Protestant services included communal chanting. This constituted a whole new tradition of church music. Communal chanting and sessions have been a lively and attractive part of Protestant congregational life ever since.