Religious music

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. Ritual music is music, sacred or not, performed or composed for or as ritual.

Christian music

Main articles: Church music and Christian music

According to some scholars, the earliest music in the Christian Church came from Jewish worship music, with some additional Syriac influence.[1] It is believed that this music lay somewhere between singing and speaking, or speaking with an understood ritual cadence.[2] However, there is another opinion that the roots of early Christian music come from the early ascetic monastic orders.[3]

Hindu music

Main article: Hindu music

Hindu music is music created for or influenced by Hinduism.

Sikh music

Main article: Sikh music

Jewish music

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

Main article: Islamic music

Rastafarian music

Main article: Rastafarian music

Shintō music

Main article: Shintō music

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

Buddhist music

Main article: Buddhist music

Buddhist music is music for Buddhist ceremony or meditation.

Zoroastrian music

Main article: Zoroastrian music

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

See also


  1. Conomos 2003.
  2. Foley 2008,.
  3. Taruskin and Gibbs 2013, p. 9.

Further reading

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