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Choir, choral music
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1. Definition

Choir (from Old French cuer, ‘choir [of a church]’, ‘chorus of singers’ and ultimately the Greek chorós and Latin chorus) today means a “group of singers”, in which the participants are at once interpreters and receivers of choral music performed a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment [7]. Where the group of singers performs in a dramatic setting (e.g. in opera), the choir is called a chorus. Choral singing reconciles v…

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Brusniak, Friedhelm, “Choir, choral music”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018042>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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