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Brahms and the women's chorus: A conductor's guide to Drei Geistliche Chöre
by Gravelle, Shannon M., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 70; 1523319
Abstract (Summary)

Although Johannes Brahms is one of the world's best-known composers, with many works in the standard repertoire, the majority of his output for female voices is missing from the performance canon. Drei Geistliche Chöre, Opus 37, is one such set of pieces missing that is a rich example of music he wrote early in his career for women's chorus. Many of these works were influenced by the women in his life, from the Hamburg Frauenchor (for whom Opus 37 was composed) to Clara Schumann.

Due to the historical relevance and educational value, conductors should have the resources to program Drei Geistliche Chöre and other music Brahms wrote for women's chorus. This project report gives a brief biographical background of Brahms, a compositional and performance history of Drei Geistliche Chöre, issues of performance practices, and a guide for how to plan and complete the rehearsal process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
Commitee: Forney, Kristine, Herman, Martin
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Brahms, Johannes, Drei Geistliche Chore, Frauenchor, Opus 37, Women's chorus
Publication Number: 1523319
ISBN: 978-1-303-20887-4
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