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Hymns, Anthems, and Sacred Music.

Hymns are songs expressing praise or love of God, usually sung in the various Christian churches. The earliest hymns, in Latin, date from 340 AD, written by St Ambrose. Up to 1400 AD, in the Middle Ages, hymns and all sacred music were monophonic, that is they only had one voice part, like Gregorian Chant. In the renaissance period, one of of the the earliest pieces of sacred music written down is the plainsong, or Gregorian Chant, called Ave Maria, by Josquin des Prez (1450 - 1521).

Hymns usually are strophic in form, with repeating stanzas consisting of 4 lines, each set to a different musical phrase. So the form ABCD is sometimes called 'hymn form'. Since the reformation in the 16th century, hymns were sung in 4-part harmony, with block chords for every word.

The Mass is the main religious service in the Roman Catholic Church, and commissions to set it to music have been the impetus for many composers to create great works. Bach's B minor mass is one of the most famous, and Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven have all written masses for soloists, chorus, and orchestra.

An anthem is a short choral work, based on the Bible or other religious texts, sung in Protestant churches. A carol is a hymn or religious song usually associated with Christmas.


Tunes belonging to the Sacred category. Audio is available for 49 tunes for this category.
  
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No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 Agnus Dei from requiemFauréOrchestraRomantic
2 AlleluiaVariousChoirEarly Music
3 Angels from the Realms of GloryVariousString QuartetTraditional
4 Ave MariaJosquin-des-PrezChoirRenaissance
5 Ave Verum CorpusByrdChoirRenaissance
6 Ave Verum Corpus K618MozartChoirClassical
7 Away in a MangerVariousOther EnsemblesTraditional
8 Beatus VirLassusDuetRenaissance
9 Canon on Ravenscroft's PsalterTallisChoirRenaissance
10 Coventry CarolVariousChoirEarly Music
11 Ding Dong Merrily on HighVariousChoirRenaissance
12 Ecce Sacerdos magnusBrucknerChoirRomantic
13 First Noel (Christmas Carol)VariousSoloTraditional
14 Gloria in excelsis Deo from Gloria in D RV 589VivaldiOrchestraBaroque
15 God Defend New ZealandVariousOrchestraTraditional
16 God Rest You Merry GentlemenVariousDuetTraditional
17 God Save the QueenVariousOrchestraTraditional
18 Good King WenceslasVariousSoloRenaissance
19 Hark the Herald Angels SingMendelssohnOther EnsemblesRomantic
20 Hear my PrayerMendelssohnChoirRomantic
21 Hodie Beata VirgoPalestrinaChoirRenaissance
22 Holly and the IvyVariousDuetTraditional
23 It Came Upon a Midnight ClearVariousDuetTraditional
24 JerusalemParryOrchestraModern (Serious)
25 Jesu Joy of Man's desiringBachOrchestraBaroque
26 Joy to the WorldHandelSoloBaroque
27 Laudamus TeVivaldiChoirBaroque
28 Mass in B minor BWV 232BachChoirBaroque
29 Miserere - have Mercy upon me - Psalm 51AllegriChoirRenaissance
30 Motet - Sicut CervusPalestrinaChoirRenaissance
31 O Come all ye FaithfulVariousSoloTraditional
32 O Jesu So MeekBachChoirBaroque
33 O Little Town of BethlehemVariousTrioTraditional
34 Once in Royal David's CityGauntlettOther EnsemblesTraditional
35 Panis AngelicusFranckOrchestraRomantic
36 Requiem: Confutatis & Lacrimosa (arr. Liszt)MozartSoloClassical
37 Sancte DeusTallisChoirRenaissance
38 Saviour, When in Dust to Thee (Hymn)VariousSoloTraditional
39 Shepherds AwakenVariousSoloTraditional
40 Silent NightVariousString QuartetTraditional
41 Spem in Alium - Motet in 40 partsTallisChoirRenaissance
42 The Messiah. OratorioHandelChoirBaroque
43 Unto Us is Born a SonVariousSoloTraditional
44 While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by NightHandelSoloBaroque
45 Zadok the PriestHandelChoirBaroque
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