Choral - Classical
Singing in a chorus or choir is a time-honored way for a musician of average abilities to participate in a performance of a musical masterpiece, and music for massed voices has appeared in all periods of the classical tradition, from medieval Gregorian chant onward. Some music, written for chorus alone, is known as a cappella music ("music for the chapel"), and the unaccompanied church choir was the medium for some of the most intricate musical masterpieces of the Renaissance era, including those by Josquin Desprez. The grand combination of chorus and orchestra has produced beloved works such as Handel's Messiah and a long tradition of festive choral pieces that followed. The German Requiem mass by Brahms is another example of a work that has taken on a public function and won a place in the hearts of listeners who might otherwise encounter classical music only rarely.
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