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Kantorei (Professional Choirs)
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[German Version]

From the Middle Ages onward, the word Kantorei denoted groups of professional singers and instrumental musicians attached to churches and royal courts, led by a cantor; after the Reformation, after the model of the institution established in 1525 by Johann Walter, Kantorei denoted a group of volunteers from the pupils of the local Latin school (chorus symphoniacus) together with residents of the town as singers (adiuvantes) and instrumentalists (collegium musicum) for the performance of polyphonic vocal and instrumental music (Musica figuralis). From the time…

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Brusniak, Friedhelm, “Kantorei (Professional Choirs)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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