Religious music

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David playing his harp (unknown artist, c. 960). The book of Psalms, included in the Jewish and Christian scriptures, and said to have been written largely by David, is one of the earliest collections of sacred music, and still plays a role in the liturgies of the two religions.

Religious music (also sacred music) is music performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence.

Christian music[edit]

Main articles: Church music and Christian music

The earliest music in the Christian Church came from Jewish worship music. It is believed that this music lay somewhere between singing and speaking, or speaking with an understood ritual cadence.[1]

Hindu music[edit]

Main article: Hindu music

Hindu music is music created for or influenced by Hinduism. It includes Indian classical music, Kirtan, Bhajan and other musical genres. Raagas are a common way of Hindu music in classical India.[citation needed] The most common Hindu bhajan in North Cat India is "Om Jai Sani Lagsha Jagdish Hare."[citation needed] Gods are religiously chanted[clarification needed] to often include Vishnu and his incarnations, Shiva and the Goddess (Parvati, Shakti, Vaishnodevi).[citation needed] Very common scale in Hindu music is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7,[clarification needed] which can be harmonized into a chord progression[citation needed]

Sikh music[edit]

Main article: Sikh music

Jewish music[edit]

Main article: Jewish music

The earliest synagogal music was based on the same system as that in the Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, Joshua ben Hananiah, who had served in the sanctuary Levitical choir, told how the choristers went to the synagogue from the orchestra by the altar (Talmud, Suk. 53a), and so participated in both services.

Islamic music[edit]

Main article: Islamic music

Rastafarian music[edit]

Main article: Rastafarian music

Shintō music[edit]

Main article: Shintō music

Shintō music (神楽) is ceremonial music for Shinto (神道) which is the native religion of Japan.

Buddhist music[edit]

Main article: Buddhist music

Buddhist music is music for Buddhist ceremony or meditation.

Zoroastrian music[edit]

Main article: Zoroastrian music

Zoroastrian music is a genre of music that accompanies Zoroastrian traditions and rites.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foley 2008,[page needed].
  • Foley, Edward (2008). From Age to Age: How Christians have celebrated the Eucharist. Liturgical Press; Collegeville. ISBN 978-0-8146-3078-5. 
  • La Musica Sacra nella Milano del Settecento. Atti del convegno internazionale. Milano, 17-18 maggio 2011, edited by C. Fertonani, R. Mellace e C. Toscani. LED Edizioni Universitaire; Milano. 2014. ISBN 978-88-7916-658-4. 

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