Christmas music is one of the most historic and culturally relevant genres of music that exists. Christmas music comes in three primary forms, namely carols, classical music, and contemporary.
Among the oldest forms of Christmas music is Christmas carols. Dating back to the 12th century, European countries like England, France, Italy, and Germany have considered Christmas carols to be deeply intertwined with their country’s Christmas traditions. Christmas carols were often referred to as the ‘songs of the people’, with some of the most classic Christmas music like ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Christmas Tree’ having origins in German caroling.
Classical Christmas Music
Classical Christmas music is one of the most enduring types of music. With Christmas music composed by some of the most famous composers like Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Bach, and more, it remains one of the most celebrated types of Christmas music today. At the time, many of the classic Christmas songs were commissioned by the church and performed during services throughout the Christmas season. Similar to carols, many of the classical Christmas songs we listen to today have cultural origins that were deeply rooted in European traditions.
Christmas music remained largely unchanged until approximately the 1930s when it experienced a sort of contemporary renaissance. It was at this time that Christmas music shifted away from its cultural and religious origins and became largely focused on Christmas symbols. Songs about Santa, Christmas trees, and snowmen rose in popularity as artists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and the Jackson Five all adopted the contemporary Christmas genre. Today, popular artists continue to remake contemporary Christmas hits to give them new life and maintain the excitement surrounding the genre.
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