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Pop Music in the Church – Sheet Music

For many centuries, the church has been one of the main sources and means of spreading new music around the world. Sacred and secular music have always influenced each other a great deal, and many forms of music, such as gospels and spirituals, originally made their way into houses of prayer from the secular world, and in the 20th century, so has pop music.

Pop vs Church

The first rock & pop superstars like Elvis Presley and The Beatles caused an uproar among devout Christians with their swinging hips, banging heads, screaming fans, and all the other ‘obscenities’ that came with them. John Lennon of the Beatles even dreamed of a better world without religion in Imagine, and he offended the Vatican with his statement that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”. After several failed attempts to condemn pop music, the church had no choice but to come to terms with it, and to begin to integrate this new form of music.

It was partly through the work of Elvis Presley, a very devout man, that the two musical forces began to reconcile, when he published his spiritual songs and gospel albums (a compilation of which can be found in the issue Songs of Inspiration). In recent years, pop music has inspired the youth movements within the church, and many pop stars have also expressed their faith with songs inspired by religion.

The secular song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen is one of the most popular songs in modern pop music, and in the church today, and due to its many religious allusions, it is often played at weddings, funerals and many other religious ceremonies and celebrations.

Klaus Heizmann established “Christian Pop Music” in Germany. This new religious music, which is so close to pop music, is categorised as Modern Sacred Song, and all around the English speaking world, pop singers like Sir Cliff Richard and Josh Groban sang songs of a similar style, and inspired people both in arenas, and in the church alike.

Some popular Pop Music in the Church

Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen's much covered and admired song, arranged for Voice and Piano.

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 490114

5.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

morning has broken – Pop-Chorbuch zum EG

im Auftrag des Verbandes evangelischer Chöre in Hessen und Nassau

for: Mixed choir, band (piano, guitar, bass, drums, wind instruments)

Score

Item no.: 276250

17.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 491804

5.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Elton John: Diamonds

The Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection
Songbook for Vocals and Piano (Guitar)

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 675615

27.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Westlife

You Raise Me Up

piano/vocal/guitar Einzelausgabe

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 140304

5.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Rolf Undsæt Løvland, Brendan Graham

You Raise Me Up

Original Sheet Music Edition

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 602926

5.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Brendan Graham

You Raise Me Up

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 487466

4.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Sing Out! 1

Everytime I Feel The Spirit (Demo)

Sing Out! 1

Book 1: Five Pop Songs for Today's Choirs

for: Mixed choir (SAT), piano

Music score (anthology), online audio

Item no.: 563293

18.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Burt Bacharach

I Say a Little Prayer

Series: Voices Rising

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 658292

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Bertrand Gröger: Loop Songs

Diggeching Samba

Bertrand Gröger

Loop Songs

44 Warm-Up and Performance Studies for Jazz, Pop and Gospel Choirs

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Music score, CD

Item no.: 491884

34.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Amanda McBroom

The Rose

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Single edition

Item no.: 403140

5.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Der Bettelmusikant

Das ausgefallene Liederbuch

for: Voice, guitar

Songbook (melody, chords, lyrics)

Item no.: 127646

9.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Rolf Undsæt Løvland, Brendan Graham

You raise Me up

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Music score

Item no.: 602255

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Les Humphries

Singin' Explosion

Hits der Les Humphries Singers für gem Chor und Klavier

for: Mixed choir (SABar), piano

Score

Item no.: 477383

10.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

What a Wonderful World

29 Geistliche und Weltliche Songs
Klavierbegleitheft zu Basis- und Gesamtausgabe

for: Mixed choir, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 178404

15.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Brendan Graham: You raise me up

Hörbeispiel: You Raise Me Up

Brendan Graham

You raise me up

Novello Choral Pops

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 494214

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Hanjo Gäbler

Gospel

for Choir and Piano

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 681825

12.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ben E. King

Stand by me

Novello Choral Pops

for: Mixed choir (SAT), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 550158

3.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Josh Groban: You raise me up

You Raise Me Up

Josh Groban

You raise me up

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 608174

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Chor Exclusiv 2

Neue a-cappella-Arrangements für drei gemischte Stimmen

for: Mixed choir (SABar) a cappella

Choir book

Item no.: 242133

12.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
J.W. Stole

I will follow him (aus Sister Act)

Pop Specials for Strings

for: String orchestra, piano, drums

Score, Parts

Item no.: 616731

49.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Hanjo Gäbler: Come Back to the Rock

Come Back to the Rock (Demo)

Download item
Hanjo Gäbler

Come Back to the Rock

from "Songs for Gospel 4"
for Choir (SATB) and Combo (Piano / Guitar / Bass / Drums)

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano; guitar, bass, percussion ad lib.

Piano score, choir score, audio files (pdf/mp3 download)

Item no.: 8027

6.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Instantly available.
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

für Frauenchor a cappella
– Staffelpreise auf Anfrage –

for: Women's choir (SSAA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 494230

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Elton John

Your Song

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 327553

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Elton John

Your Song

Pop Choral Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 342768

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Bobby McFerrin

The 23rd Psalm

dedicated to my mother
Contemporary Sacred Choral Series

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Score

Item no.: 375049

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Jürgen Kumlehn: 2

Time Away From Home (demo)

Jürgen Kumlehn

2

10 Duetteim Stil von Romantik, Blues, Bossa Nova, Samba, Pop und Folklore

for: 2 GIT TAB CD

Songbook, Playback-CD

Item no.: 172718

22.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Edwin Hawkins

Oh Happy Day

Alfred Pop Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 635593

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Chris Johnson

Pop, R&B and Gospel Drumming

A guide to developing grooves, improvisation, and technical mastery within modern music styles and settings

for: Drum kit

Music lesson book, online media

Item no.: 781059

35.40 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Janice Kapp Perry

Best of vol. 1

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook

Item no.: 657874

16.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Peter Gabriel

Washing of the Water

für Pop- und Jazzchor
Jazz and Pop Choir Series

for: Mixed choir (SSATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 603206

4.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Reuben Morgan

Still

Worship and Praise

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 656342

2.45 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

Son of a Preacher Man

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 473072

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Son-of-a-Preacher Man

Pop Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SABar), piano

Score

Item no.: 494231

2.45 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Paul McCartney

Ecce Cor Meum

Choral Suite

for: Mixed choir (SATB), organ

Score

Item no.: 340008

9.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

I Can Play That! Children's Songs

More than 20 songs that children love to sing and play, including 'Going To The Zoo', and 'Puff The Magic Dragon'. Very simple piano arrangements, with lyrics and chord symbols.

for: Voice, piano [guitar/keyboard]

Songbook PVG (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Item no.: 416130

15.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Sir Harrison Birtwistle

The Last Supper (1998-99)

Three Latin Motets

for: Women's choir (SSAA) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 433421

2.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Janice Kapp Perry

Best of vol. 2

for: Voice, piano [guitar]

Songbook

Item no.: 657876

16.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks

Novello Youth Chorals Choral Anthology Ssa

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Vocal score, Choir score

Item no.: 302738

15.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Julie Gold

From a Distance

for mixed chorus (SATB) a cappella

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 630495

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Twila Paris

How Beautiful

Ballade (neue geistliche Musik) für gemischten Chor (SATB)

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 655017

2.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Brendan Graham

You raise me up

for male chorus a cappella

for: Male choir

Choir score

Item no.: 470020

2.70 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Son of a Preacher Man

This 1969 pop hit by Dusty Springfield is set in a smoky gospel blues. It's a perfect feature for showchoir!
Pop Choral Series

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Score

Item no.: 473073

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Burt Bacharach

I say a little prayer

This 1967 pop hit by Dionne Warwick is a super choice
for female choirs.

for: Women's choir (SSA), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 488599

2.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Lorenz Maierhofer

Body & Soul. religious and spiritual songs SA, Sprecher und Instrumentalbegleitung ad lib.

Messe für 1-2 gleiche Stimmen (SA), Sprecher und Instrumental-Begleitung ad lib.

for: Frauenchor zweistimmig, Sprecher (Instrumente ad lib.)

Choir score

Item no.: 301342

8.10 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah

für gemischten Chor und Klavier
Nur lieferbar in Verbindung mit Chorstimmen!

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Music score (piano accompaniment)

Item no.: 604290

7.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Jeff "Lo" Davis

Gospel and R&B Drumming

Ultimate Drum Lessons

for: Drum kit

DVD (learning video)

Item no.: 602828

14.20 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Michael Schütz

20 Pop-Stücke

für Orgel (z.T. mit Schlagzeug)

for: Organ

Music score (spiral binding)

Item no.: 489178

18.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Love Ballads

Have I Told You Lately (Demo)

Love Ballads

14 Wonderful Songs of Passion for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Schott Saxophone Lounge

for: Alto saxophone, piano

Piano score, solo part, online audio (playback)

Item no.: 681467

23.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Thomas Großmann: Songs für Kontrabass

Aura Lee (Demo)

Thomas Großmann

Songs für Kontrabass

Pop, Jazz & mehr
Bearbeitungen für Kontrabass und Klavier von leicht bis II. Lage

for: Double bass, piano

Piano score, solo part, 2 CDs

Item no.: 636820

19.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

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