You Say Choral, I Say Chorale

What do we sing and why?
20 August 2018
chorale music genre

You Say Choral, I Say Chorale

Just this past week, I got into an interesting discussion about the Chorale.  At a lunch meeting, a new acquaintance told me that he had attended our most recent performance, and was impressed by the musicality and lovely sound of the Chorale’s assembled voices.  But he went on to ask why we didn’t sing more “modern and peppy” song selections.  This lead to a lively discussion of choral music as a genre, and how the Chorale stays somewhat within the lines of this section of vocal performance.  While we extend our repertoire to pieces written for Broadway, to folk songs, to spirituals, and to songs and chants from other cultures, our main wheelhouse is classic choral compositions.  Many such compositions were written in past centuries, and retain their haunting beauty.  But we also explore the choral music of contemporary composers such as Ellen F. Stephenson, Greg Gilpin, and others.  In this way, we keep this art form alive and well.  My new friend was keenly interested in this explanation, and I am hoping he will join us as we prepare for our upcoming season.

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