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A History of Western Choral Music, Volume 1

Chester L. Alwes


This book examines the development of choral music from the beginnings of choral polyphony in the fifteenth century through the Renaissance and Baroque eras into the sacred works of the Classic–Romantic age. The book begins with the medieval foundations of polyphony, liturgy, modality, and mensural notation, culminating in the isorhythmic motet of the Ars Nova. A chronological survey of Renaissance choral music recognizes the sea change that was the result of Humanism and the Protestant Reformation. Topics include sacred music through Josquin des Prez; choral music with secular vernacular text ... More

Keywords: choral music, European history, sacred music, secular music, mass, motet, madrigal, polychoral concerto, cantata, oratorio, requiem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chester L. Alwes, author
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Associate Professor of Choral Music