Sacred Songs

Sacred oratorios (a blend of solo and choral music) became popular in the 18th century. Among the most famous are J. S. Bach's two settings of the Passion story and G. F. Handel's Messiah. Handel wrote the piece in less than four weeks in 1741, and its portrayal of Jesus' life is still enjoyed by audiences today, especially around Christmas time.

Handel's original score of Messiah

Gospel choir performing in Washington D.C. in the USA

Gospel choir performing in Washington D.C. in the USA

MUSICAL CONVERSATION Baptist churches in the USA are the original home of gospel music, in which the preacher and congregation create an emotional musical conversation. The excitement of gospel music - with its sliding melodies, joyful shouts, and other vocal effects - has had a huge influence on singers in many diverse areas of modern music, from soul to rock.

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