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