Choral Music in the Twentieth Century

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(Amadeus). Nick Strimple's all-encompassing survey ranges from 19th-century masters, such as Elgar, to contemporary composers, such as Tan Dun and Paul McCartney. Repertory of every style and level of complexity is critically surveyed and described. This book is an essential resource for choral conductors and a valuable guide for choral singers and other music lovers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574671227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574671223
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Outstanding Survey — Leads the way

16 people found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2007
By Tobin Sparfeld
This book is the first of its kind, and much needed in the world of choral literature. Up until this book, the best survey book out there was Homer Ulrich’s Survey of Choral Music, which focused more on large genres, spanned the history of Western music, and only reached the 1970s. Nick Strimple, professor at the University of Southern California, has written a fantastic survey focusing the twentieth century.

Every choral director needs this book (with a few caveats)

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2009
By Peter Hilliard
Firstly, it needs to be said: As far as I know, this is the best book out there for what it’s trying to do. It’s a truly encyclopedic look at choral music all around the world in the 20th century. It does a beautiful job of including brief summary information about all the major choral writers, and details about the major works. As I read it, I kept thinking about how long it would take just to locate and listen to/play through all the works listed in the book. It would be the work of a lifetime if you were doing anything else with your life.

Choir music is funny! Until wars happened.

One person found this helpful.
 on March 30, 2014
By Turtled out
This book makes me laugh out loud! Strimple tells it is, and doesn’t mince his words. Sorry if you’re a bad composer–he will let you know.

very nice resource

5 people found this helpful.
 on January 16, 2003
Very good library book to have for reference re recent choral music. Lots of discussion about almost all important 20th C. works. I highly recommend it.

Exactly what I wanted

 on March 2, 2014
By Travis Kane
The book was brand new and arrived quickly. Perfect! Couldn’t have asked for anything more. And a great price too!

Five Stars

 on December 10, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Another gem by Nick Strimple.

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