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A choir (or chorus) is a body of singers performing as a group, usually, but not always, singing in harmony. A modern choir consists usually of 4 sections of singers, who sing the Soprano Alto, Tenor and Bass parts.

Choirs date back to ancient history, they are described by the Greek writer Homer in 850 BC.  Before the renaissance, most choral singing was monophonic, that is all voices sang in unison. Church choirs consisted of men and boys only, as women were prohibited from participating by the church authorities.

Polyphonic music for choirs with 4 or more parts reached a peak with Palestrina in the renaissance  In the classical period there was a revival of baroque choral music, and town and village choirs sprang up to sing Handel's choral works, especially the Messiah. These choirs most definitely did include women! Such amateur choirs flourish today, singing a broad variety of music including  Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, popular musicals such as Oklahoma, as well as the traditional choral favourites such as the Bach and Handel oratorios.

Music featuring the Choir. Audio is available for 33 tunes for this ensemble.
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryPeriod
1 AlleluiaVariousSacredEarly Music
2 Ave MariaJosquin-des-PrezSacredRenaissance
3 Ave Verum CorpusByrdSacredRenaissance
4 Ave Verum Corpus K618MozartSacredClassical
5 Canon on Ravenscroft's PsalterTallisSacredRenaissance
6 Cantique de Jean RacineFauréSongRomantic
7 Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from NabuccoVerdiOperaRomantic
8 Coventry CarolVariousSacredEarly Music
9 Ding Dong Merrily on HighVariousSacredRenaissance
10 Ecce Sacerdos magnusBrucknerSacredRomantic
11 Hear my PrayerMendelssohnSacredRomantic
12 Hodie Beata VirgoPalestrinaSacredRenaissance
13 Laudamus TeVivaldiSacredBaroque
14 Mass in B minor BWV 232BachSacredBaroque
15 Miserere - have Mercy upon me - Psalm 51AllegriSacredRenaissance
16 Motet - Sicut CervusPalestrinaSacredRenaissance
17 Now is the Month of MayingMorleyChamber MusicRenaissance
18 O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My PrayerMendelssohnSongRomantic
19 O Jesu So MeekBachSacredBaroque
20 Sancte DeusTallisSacredRenaissance
21 Spem in Alium - Motet in 40 partsTallisSacredRenaissance
22 Such Beauty, My Beloved (Ogni Belta).PalestrinaSongRenaissance
23 Summer is a-coming inVariousSongEarly Music
24 The Messiah. OratorioHandelSacredBaroque
25 Weep O Mine EyesBennetSongRenaissance
26 Who is Silvia (An Silvia)SchubertSongRomantic
27 Zadok the PriestHandelSacredBaroque
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