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composition or performance is called polychoral if multiple groups of singers or instruments enter both in alternation and simultaneously. The alternation of groups of singers, and the alternation of a cantor and the congregation in the declamation of psalms, was adopted in the Christian church from Jewish cult practice. Developing out of these monophonic practices, a new way of combining two chora…

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Synofzik, Thomas, “Polychorality”, 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 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023897>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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