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date: 20 November 2019

Choral musiclocked

  • James G. Smith,
  • Thomas Brawley
  •  and N. Lee Orr


Music written for a group of singers, which is generally known as a chorus or choir. They may perform either in unison or, more commonly, in parts with one or more singers to a part. This article deals with the history and repertory of American choral music of the Western tradition. For further discussion of different genres of choral music see Anthem, Fuging-tune, Glee, Gospel music, Hymnody, Partsong, Psalmody, Shape-note hymnody, Singing-school, Spiritual, and Vocal jazz ensemble. Other genres that use choral forces but are not customarily referred to as “choral” include Cantata, Collegiate a cappella, Ode, Opera, certain types of Popular music, and Work songs. Information on the musical practices of religious denominations, some of which call for choral music, are to be found within general articles (for example, see Jewish music). The vocal music of Native Americans is discussed in articles on the individual tribal groups (...

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