Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich

Traditional religious folk music developed from singing in church. It can be traced back to the middle ages. The rise of Protestantism and the invention of printing introduced not only the German language and singing in the church, but also the religious folk song outside of the church. These songs are closely knit with faith, religious functions and the customs related to them. In the course of the seasons, they relate to Christmas, Easter, some Saints' days, pilgrimages and rogation processions. Weddings and deaths play a central role when songs refer to the life of humans.

In many cases religious songs are characterised by lead singing and repetition, or by Latin lyrics.