What is Choral Music?

Question: What is Choral Music?

Answer: Choral music refers to music which is sung by a choir. Each musical part is sung by two or more voices. The size of a choir varies, it can be as few as a dozen singers or as large as to be able Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major also known as Symphony of a Thousand.

In Medieval times, the rondeau was often performed. In this form, the lead singer sings the verses while a small choir sings the refrain.

During the 14th century, knowledge in music theory helped singers improve their performance. By the 15th century, there was strong support for choral music and it was on such high demand that composers wrote many vocal works. Johannes Ockeghem was one of the most influential composers of this period.

In Europe composers wrote music meant to be sung by 4 different yet equally important voices; the soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

The Latin Mass became one of the most important musical forms of the Renaissance. Hundreds of mass settings were written by composers during this time.

There are various types of choral music, among them are a capella, anthem, cantata, motet and oratorio

Composers such as Josquin Desprez wrote choral music.