"Every discipline needs a 'go-to' reference. For choral directors Shrock fills the bill. He draws on three decades of conducting choirs and chairing graduate choral programs,"---American Music Teacher. Biographical sketches of 500 composers; performance annotations to 5,000 works. Ideal for conductors, students, or scholars. 800 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.
Choral Repertoire is the definitive and comprehensive one-volume presentation of the canon of the Western choral tradition. Designed for practicing conductors and directors, students and teachers of choral music, amateur and professional singers, scholars, and interested vocal enthusiasts, it is an account of the complete choral output of the most significant composers of this genre throughout history. Organized by era (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern), Choral Repertoire covers general characteristics of each historical era; trends and styles unique to various countries; biographical sketches of over 500 composers; and performance annotations of more than 5,000 individual works. This book will be an essential guide to programming, a reference tool for program notes and other research, and, most importantly, a key resource for conductors, instructors, scholars, and students of choral music.
Dennis Shrock is Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Oklahoma. Widely acclaimed as a teacher, scholar, and performer, he has led one of the pre-eminent graduate choral programs in the United States for almost three decades. Furthermore, he has conducted professional and student choirs nationwide. Previous positions include Artistic Director, Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Assistant Conductor and Choral Director, Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
"A major contribution to the history and literature of choral music. A vital and necessary addition to the library shelves, certain to be referred to regularly."--Pasatiempo
is an invaluable resource book for the choral conductor, conducting student and choral singer. It should be a part of the curriculum of any music education or conductor degree program. It rightfully deserves a place among the standard music reference publications. Dennis Shrock has provided us with a must-have!"--Joseph Jennings, Music Director, Chanticleer
"Dr. Dennis Shrock is indisputably one of the very top choral scholars in the United States. Add to this his expertise as a choral director and you have a superbly qualified author. Every choral director should have this compact, scholarly, practical historical survey of our field. It reads superbly, yet with ease. What a treasure!"--Weston Noble, Professor Emeritus, Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
"This is the most complete volume on choral music ever written. This is for all choral enthusiasts; professionals, singers, conductors, academicians, students both graduate and undergraduate, church musicians--whatever your interest, this is a book for you. It is fascinating reading, whether you are researching a specific composer or seeking ideas for repertoire. Details abound!"--Vance George, Freelance Conductor and Conductor Emeritus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
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