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A History of Western Choral Music, Volume 2

Chester L. Alwes


This volume picks up the survey of genres of choral music in the nineteenth century that concluded volume 1, surveying oratorio, part song, dramatic music (opera chorus and concert works based on texts by Goethe ), and the phenomenon of the choral symphony. The remaining chapters all treat music in the twentieth century (including observations on some current trends). They start with an assessment of French choral music from Debussy to Messiaen and proceed using categories familiar to such historical surveys: serialism (Schoenberg, Webern, Dallapiccola, Stravinsky, Krenek); nationalism, folk s ... More

Keywords: choral music, romantic music, avant-garde, minimalism, oratorio, part song, serialism, neoclassicism, spirituals, folk song

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199376995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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