From Machaut to Poulenc and Britten, passing through a rich tradition of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and many others, the repertory of great works of Sacred Music presents many aspects of the same themes but transcends the limitations of eras, providing a colourful panorama of profound visions through inspiring and glorious music.
The popularity and promotion of the instrumental music along with the genres related to the Theatre (e.g. Opera), did not allow the general public to attach, in an adequate way, the psychological and moral value to the Sacred Music in its development.
The Sacred Music, in liturgical, religious or simply spiritual form, has experienced a variety of musical expression, making the various works, through the ages, too difficult to compare. However, it is a sheer joy to dicover more of them, that represent different times, various musical languages and serving a particular purpose each time.
It is interesting to note that some of the most religious and liturgical works, such as the Requiem by Faure or the Messe des morts by Berlioz were composed by some resolute agnostics, while some of the scores by notably religious composers have a quasi "profane" character like Verdi's Requiem.
So, whoever wishes may contribute to pinpoint and define some of the masterpieces of Sacred Music in the development of Classical Music.