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

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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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This text comprises an up-to-date manual on the art and craft of choral composition. Hines (former choral director and dean at the U. of Hawaii) provides basic information as well as sophisticated techniques that emphasize the musical and aesthetic qualities of the genre. The 11 chapters cover fundamentals, types of choruses and how they function, areas of sacred and secular music where the choral idiom is central or has a significant supporting role (such as opera, operetta, musical comedy, music theater, or films), publication, and composition as a career. Each chapter ends by listing recommended works for study and listening. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313315886
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Series: Jazz Companions Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Music Examples
1 Introduction 1
2 Choral Notation 17
3 Text and Textual Devices 35
4 Choral Composition Devices 63
5 Choral Part Writing, Voicings, Accompaniments, and Forms 95
6 Types of Choruses 125
7 Soloists with Chorus 159
8 Keyboard Instruments and Instrumental Ensembles with Chorus 187
9 Orchestra with Chorus and Soloists 205
10 Chorus in Music Dramas: Opera, Operetta, Musical Comedy, and Music Theater 229
11 Publication 255
Bibliography 265
Index 271
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