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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 34 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 Beautiful DreamerFosterFolk SongTraditional
6 Canon on Ravenscroft's PsalterTallisSacredRenaissance
7 Cantique de Jean RacineFauréSongRomantic
8 Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from NabuccoVerdiOperaRomantic
9 Coventry CarolVariousSacredEarly Music
10 Ding Dong Merrily on HighVariousSacredRenaissance
11 Ecce Sacerdos magnusBrucknerSacredRomantic
12 Hear my PrayerMendelssohnSacredRomantic
13 Hodie Beata VirgoPalestrinaSacredRenaissance
14 Laudamus TeVivaldiSacredBaroque
15 Mass in B minor BWV 232BachSacredBaroque
16 Miserere - have Mercy upon me - Psalm 51AllegriSacredRenaissance
17 Motet - Sicut CervusPalestrinaSacredRenaissance
18 Now is the Month of MayingMorleyChamber MusicRenaissance
19 O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My PrayerMendelssohnSongRomantic
20 O Jesu So MeekBachSacredBaroque
21 Sancte DeusTallisSacredRenaissance
22 Spem in Alium - Motet in 40 partsTallisSacredRenaissance
23 Such Beauty, My Beloved (Ogni Belta).PalestrinaSongRenaissance
24 Summer is a-coming inVariousSongEarly Music
25 The Messiah. OratorioHandelSacredBaroque
26 Weep O Mine EyesBennetSongRenaissance
27 Who is Sylvia (An Silvia)SchubertSongRomantic
28 Zadok the PriestHandelSacredBaroque
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