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Choral Tone Comparison: Bach

Updated: Feb 4, 2018

(If you are a member of the public accessing this post, it is intended for my choral conducting class at Roberts Wesleyan College. Please forgive the "instructions"!)


Listen to these three examples of an excerpt from "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140, by J. S. Bach:


A: Bach-Collegium Stuttgart/Rilling


B: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Sondeckis


C: Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner


Although there are differences in style, tempo, and key, concentrate only on the choral tone in each recording. Answer the following questions in a comment:

  1. How would you describe the tone of A, B, and C?

  2. Which recording did you prefer?

  3. Why did you prefer it over the others?

After commenting yourself, come back and read your classmates' comments. Be ready to discuss in class.