Varied Carols: A Survey of American Choral Literature

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Music - 315 pages
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This survey of choral literature, written by American composers from 1760 through the 1990s, examines nearly 3,000 pieces of choral music written by over 300 composers. Along with a descriptive analysis, the literature is placed within a historical perspective. Familiar and less well-known composers and their music are examined. The study seeks to remedy the superficial treatment choral music is often given in standard textbooks on American music and to acknowledge and expose the varied richness of the literature.

Choral conductors and musicologists will appreciate the vast repertory of choral music literature examined. Organized chronologically, this study uniquely traces the development of choral music literature throughout the centuries. A select bibliography provides a useful guide for further research.

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Choral Music in Early America
The Early Nineteenth Century
The Beginning of a Classical Tradition

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About the author (1999)

DAVID P. DEVENNEY is Assistant Professor of Music at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and the Music Director of the Reading Choral Society, one of America's oldest musical organizations.

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