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Choral Tone Comparison: Barber

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 "Agnus Dei," Op. 11, by Samuel Barber.


A: Dale Warland Singers/Warland


B: Conspirare/Johnson


C: Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Marlow


Although there are differences in interpretation, 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.

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