Under Christian music especially music is understood by Christian underlaid texts, such as spiritual music that springs from the Christian tradition, so for example, the Gregorian chant , the a cappella chants of Orthodox liturgies , the oratory , the chorales , concert fairs and Passions and the music in passion plays .
Furthermore, there are different and sometimes extensive traditions of hymn in the Christian churches - for example in continental Europe or in the English cultural area - and of Christian choral singing . For this originally European genre has primarily in the southern United States under the influence of the early jazz of gospel singing developed which establishes a whole tradition of Christian-oriented jazz.
Today there is Christian music with connotations in practically all forms, starting from traditional church music , created in its expediency for use in worship services, to contemporary pop and rock music as well as soul , hip-hop , dance , punk and metal , which have less of their Christian character liturgical potential as based on ideological statements:
- Awakening song
- Negro Spiritual
- New spiritual song
- Christian pop music
Among the best known annual Christian music events include major festivals like the Christmas Rock Night in Ennepetal , the Assumption festival in Wüstenrot -Neuhütten which Maiday in Minden and the Freakstock in Borgentreich .
A detailed list of publications on Christian music can be found in:
- Thomas Feist : Music as a cultural factor. On the theory and empiricism of Christian popular music. Frankfurt am Main et al: Peter Lang 2005, ISBN 3-631-53976-2
The sound archive maintained by the Bundesverband Kulturarbeit in der Evangelischen Jugend eV (bka) represents the most extensive collection of sound carriers with Christian music, especially popular music. It is located in Leipzig (see also the note in the link directory. You can find one on the bka homepage Online version of the archive).