Choral Composition: A Handbook for Composers, Arrangers, Conductors, and Singers

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Music - 277 pages
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This comprehensive handbook details the fundamentals and forms of choral composition and expands upon the coverage and number of topics in Archibald T. Davison's 1945 classic text "Choral Composition." Historical trends in choral composition are traced with a special emphasis on the profusion of changes that occurred throughout the twentieth century, particularly since 1950. Early chapters focus on characteristics of voice, notation, text, devices, part writing, "a cappella" and instrumental accompaniments, and choral forms. Hines goes on to analyze the utilization of soloists and choruses with instrumental chamber ensembles, orchestra, and the role of the chorus in opera, operetta, musicals, and music theater. A final chapter addresses practical concerns: music publication and how the artist can function effectively in that world.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Choral Notation
17
2b C and Fclefs
21
Text and Textual Devices
35
Choral Composition Devices
63
6a Changes within simple meters
70
15a Ascending steps Persichetti Celebrations
83
Choral Part Writing Voicings Accompaniments and Forms
95
3b Fourpart chorus version Bach Now Thank We All Our God
129
Soloists with Chorus
159
Keyboard Instruments and Instrumental Ensembles with Chorus
187
Orchestra with Chorus and Soloists
205
Opera Operetta Musical Comedy and
229
Publication
255
Bibliography
265
Index
271

Types of Choruses
125
Copyright

About the author (2001)

ROBERT STEPHAN HINES has authored or co-authored five books on twentieth-century choral and orchestral music, Singers' Liturgical Latin, and freshman and sophomore ear training.

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