THE DAWN OF THE ART
THE modern art of singing began with the establishment of schools for the study of the correct manner of delivering the liturgical chants of the Roman Catholic church. These chants were derived from still older music used in the ceremonials of Jewish congregations or in the worship of the gods of Egypt and of Greece. Secular song also had a measurable, but comparatively small, influence in the formative period of vocal art, for some of the early fathers found it necessary to warn their followers against the seductions of this style. St. Clement, the second successor of St. Peter, wrote: "It must not be possible to confound us with the singers and buffoons who for a piece of bread or a cup of wine come to divert people who are feasting."
Before the foundation of Christianity the ancients sang in the Temple, in the theatre, and