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Syllabus for choral literature

R. Paul Drummond

Swinney Conservatory of Music
Central Methodist College
Fayette, Missouri 65248
Central Methodist College
R. Paul Drummond, Professor of Music
Fall 1995; 2 credit hours
8:00 am M-Th; 2nd half of semester

TEXTS: Berger, Melvin *Guide to Choral Masterpieces*
New York: Anchor/Doubleday, 1993
Robinson, Ray *Choral Music* (Historical Anthology)
New York: Norton, 1978

I. Course Description: One semester course designed to survey
choral music literature from A)the perspective of historically
significant masterworks and B)the utilitarian perspective of
appropriateness for particular types of ensembles. Skills of
audiation will be developed through guided practice in listening
and score study.

II. Course Objectives:
1. To develop skills for analyzing a choral score from the
perspective of a conductor and rehearsal technician.

2. To develop skills in audiating a choral score.

3. To develop a basic familiarity with historically significant
masterworks of choral literature and the composers of those works.

4. To develop skills in choosing choral literature appropriate for the
study and performance of specific types and ages of choral ensembles.

5. To explore choices and practices of choral programming.

6. To explore resources available for locating, examining and
discussing choral music.

III. Course Requirements:
A. Attendance: Each class attended will earn points toward a
possible attendance grade of 100%. A student with a perfect and
punctual attendance record will not be required to take the Final
Exam but will receive a grade of 100% for that exam. A student
with only one absence may replace his/her lowest grade on the
Listening Quizzes with his/her highest grade.

B. Requirements:
1)In class presentations: Each student will be assigned specific
composers from the Berger text and specific scores from the
Robinson text. The student will then prepare a report to be
presented in class drawing on the appropriate texts, general and
musical reference works (Sadie, New Grove Dictionary of Music
and Musicians; Randel, New Harvard Dictionary of Music; Slonimsky,
Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Music; Jeffers, Translations and
Annotations of Choral Repertoire, etc.). Each presentation should
include completion of the attachedStyle Analysis Guide .
2)Programs: Each student will develop two one-hour concert
programs featuring music appropriate to the age and experience
level for two different types of choirs: adult, high school, junior
high/middle school, children, female/male chorus or a mix.
3)Listening: Students will be tested (random excerpts) on
recognition, style, period, title, movement, and composer of
each work on the Masterworks List attached to this syllabus.
Recordings are on reserve at the Circulation Desk in Smiley Library.
4)Analysis: Students will be given a packet of choral music from
which to select five pieces for analysis utilizing the handout
entitled *Analyzing a Choral Score for Rehearsal and Performance*
by Leonard Van Camp and the Style Analysis Guide attached.
5)Treasure Hunt: To facilitate familiarity with resources available
on the Internet, each student will open an account with World Wide
Web access in the Computer Lab (forms attached; complete and turn
in to Lab Coordinator). The student will utilize this resource to
access Choralnet (instructions follow) and locate the "treasures"

C. Exams: The final exam will consist of analysis of a choral score,
identification of works from the Masterworks List, and discussion
of specific styles and genres of choral literature.

D. Final Grade:
Class presentations 20%
Programs (2) 20%
Listening Quizzes 20%
Attendance 10%
Packet Analysis 10%
Treasure Hunt 10%
Final Exam 10%

World Wide Web Access to the Choralnet

1. Complete the attached CMCIC Agreement to open an Internet
Account. As demonstrated, three computers in the Lab have
Windows/Netscape access to the World Wide Web. (The Macintosh
in the ITV Office also has a direct internet connection as
demonstrated and is available by appointment; MacWeb or Netscape.)

2. At the F> prompt:

type login


type cmcwin

3. The Netscape program will load automatically. When the window
appears center it in the screen by dragging the menu bar.

4. In the space provided for the URL:

type (case sensitive)

5. Enjoy your exploration.

6. When session is completed, exit all programs.

7. To insure your account is closed, login again with the pc id:

type login pc-59 (or appropriate number)

Treasure Hunt

Demonstration: How many different citations can you find of
the text Tantum ergo ?

Item 1: Briefly explain the difference between Archives and

Item 2: How many publishers can you locate for the works of
William Billings?

Item 3: What multicultural resources are available?

Item 4: If one were subscribed to all three choral email
lists (Choralist; ChoralAcademe; Choraltalk), to which one
would you post a request to borrow a specific choral work?
To whom would you reply if you had a work someone else
wanted to borrow?

Item 5: List the URL's for three other WWW links you have
visited and briefly describe what you found.


I hereby agree with and accept the conditions and requirements
as set forth in this Choral Literature 324 Syllabus.

Student Signature

Choral Literature 324
Style Analysis Guide





Language of Text

Historical Period/Context:

Performing forces required:

Substitutions possible:

Rhythmic Analysis:

Melodic Analysis:

Harmonic Analysis:

Best suited for . . .
Masterworks of Choral Literature
Listening List

Bach, Johann Sebastian Mass in b minor:Crucifixus
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony #9:4th Movement
Brahms, Johannes Eine Deutsches Requiem: IV
Dawson, Wm. L Ain'a that good news
Hairston, Jester Great gettin' up mornin'
Faure, Gabriel Requiem:Libera me

Handel, George Frideric Messiah:For unto us, Hallelujah
Haydn, Franz Joseph Creation:Achieved is thy glorious work
Mendelssohn, Felix Elijah:Baal choruses; He watching over Israel
Monteverdi, Claudio Ecco mormorar l'onde
Morley, Thomas April is in my mistress' face

Mozart, Wolfgang Requiem:Lacrymosa; Ave verum corpus
Orff, Carl Carmina Burana:O fortuna
Palestrina, Giovanni Pope Marcellus Mass:Gloria;
Missa Brevis:Agnus Dei I & II
Schubert, Franz Mass in G: Sanctus & Benedictus
Stravinsky, Igor Symphony of Psalms II

Thompson, Randall Alleluia
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Hodie: Epilogue: Mass in g minor:Kyrie
Verdi, Giuseppi Requiem:Dies Irae; Libera me
Vivaldi, Antonio Gloria:Gloria in excelsis
Weelks, Thomas As Vesta was from Latmos Hill descending