" Both in tone of voice and in melody should the singing be such as becomes holy devotion, not aiming at the utterance of brilliant dramatic passages, but as setting forth to use true Christian doctrine: not as such as in any way recalls theater, but such as may produce compunction for sin."
-De bono psalmodiae, Nicetas of Remes, ca. 399-400
So yes, the things I was talking about Here apparently go back quite a while. If it was good enough for the fourth-fifth century, it's good enough for me.