Because this type of religious sheet music was composed to be performed during religious services, worship services or religious rites are sometimes referred to as church music or sacred music. There are two separate ways that music is generally written or composed.

You can discover a huge amount of music that has been produced for religious purposes. You can see that many of the traditional forms of music have been adapted to fit the spiritual goals in many instances. Music that was intended for the church was written by several of the classical music composers who became famous. Over time these musical works get changed and adapted to fit secular types.

Various groups regularly incorporate music combining the religious lyrics with modern idioms or melodies from current day songs. Gospel music is another example of adapting or arranging the context of spiritual songs to fit their melodic preferences in style and rhythm. Many different cultures have distinctive types of liturgical music that sometimes follows certain monotheism and tonality characteristic to their lifestyles, as often seen with Asian or Native American societies.

The distinctive religious music lyrics characteristics that identify each comes from a wide variety of the qualities used according to their liturgies for each particular denomination as they are composed. This music is often restricted to a specific religious ceremony,

which usually involves some traditions that have been handed down through the ages as well as more modern influences. Many times spiritual practices and music can be traced back to ancient times when they were first composed for temple and synagogue worship by the Hebrews.

The story depicting the development of church music indicates that it evolved from the music originally performed in the Jewish synagogues where the performers were often accompanied by an organ.

This style of music was adopted in the twelfth century with a polyphonic style encompassing the weaving together of two or more independent melodies. It was an interesting note to discover that during the Medieval period the liturgical music was performed mostly in court ceremonies instead of the church or cathedral setting.

In the past, vocal soloists performed religious music, which, through the years, changed to small choirs that were often accompanied by instruments, through the contributions of many famous composers, this musical form transformed into several other types of music, including masses and requiems, as well as organ music. Many liturgical music types that we are still familiar with today were extended into new forms by some of the composers of the twentieth century.