Review by Choice Review
More than 20 authors, primarily conductors, contribute to this collection, which includes five essays about the history of Western choral music; nine essays addressing choral music in specific locations around the globe; and six essays about choral practice. The approaches and quality of the essays vary considerably. Although several chapters make passing reference to a relationship between music and social-political elements--a subject important to de Quadros (Boston Univ.), a human rights activist--rarely do the essays engage with this important issue. Andrew Parrott's opening essay presents an excellent overview of diverse anatomies of ensemble singing in Europe (c. 1470-1770) with many well-chosen references to primary sources. In part 2, "Choral Music the World Over," outstanding articles include Maria Guinand's well-written, informative contribution on Latin America (1908-2008) and Aida Huseynova's contribution about West and Central Asia, in which she discusses many different types of Arab, Persian, and Turkic music in connection with their contexts and gender differences. In his clearly written and inspiring contribution to part 3, "Choral Philosophy, Practice, and Pedagogy," Francisco Nunez addresses choral music in today's diverse, globalized society. In the final essay, Simon Carrington offers his personal views about choral sound, rhetoric, and rehearsal strategies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. J. M. Edwards emerita, Macalester College
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