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The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music



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Choral music is now undoubtedly the foremost genre of participatory music making, with more people singing in choirs than ever before. Written by a team of leading international practitioners and scholars, this Companion addresses the history of choral music, its emergence and growth worldwide and its professional practice. The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. Uniquely, the book includes a pedagogical section where several leading choral musicians write about the voice and the inner workings of a choir and give their professional insights into choral practice. This Companion will appeal to choral scholars, directors and performers alike.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Rutter
Introduction: choral music - a dynamic global genre
Choral Music: History and Context:
A brief anatomy of choirs, c.1470-1770
Choral music in the culture of the nineteenth century
Choral music in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries
The nature of chorus
Choral Music the World Over:
Choral music and tradition in Europe and Israel
Canada's choral landscape
A multiplicity of voices: choral music in the United States
A hundred years of choral music in Latin America, 1908-2008
Choral music in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea
New voices in ancient lands: choral music in South and Southeast
From chanting Quran to singing oratorio: choral music in West and Central Asia
Voices of the Pacific: the (ch)oral traditions of Oceania
Choral music in Africa: history, content, and performance practice
Choral Philosophy, Practice, and Pedagogy:
Globalization, multiculturalism, and the children's chorus
Exploring the universal voice
Authentic choral music experience as 'good work': the practice of engaged musicianship
The making of a choir: understanding individuality and consensus in choral singing
A point of departure for rehearsal preparation and planning
Small ensemble rehearsal techniques for choirs of all sizes
Select bibliography
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