Musicalizing All Souls’ Day Rituals

  • Martin Hoondert Bibliotheek Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • William Arfman


November, when the leaves are falling and nature is dying, is the month to commemorate the dead. In the Roman Catholic liturgy, November 2nd is All Souls’ Day, and since the tenth century this has been the day that the church commemorates those who passed away in the course of the year and prays for their salvation. Music is and has been an important part of these commemoration rituals.