Choral music refers to music which is sung by a singing group. Each melodious part is sung by two or more voices. The size of choirs vary, in can be as little as a dozen singers or as large as to be able to sing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major also identified as Symphony of a Thousand.
In Medieval times, the rondeau was frequently performed. In this form, the guide singer sings the verses while a small choir sings the refrain. During the 14th century, information in music theory helped singers pick up their performance. By the 15th century, there was burly support for choral music and it was on such high demand that composer wrote many vocal works. Johannes Ockeghem was one of the most powerful composers of this period.
In Europe composers wrote music destined to be sung by 4 different yet evenly important voices; the soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
The Latin Mass became one of the most important musical forms of the rebirth.
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