Glossary of Music 15 - Ch. 9 Musical Ensembles
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- A fairly large body of singers who perform together; their music usually sung in several voices.
- A smaller group of singers often connected with a church or with performances of sacred music.
- Madrigal Choir
- Smaller, specialized vocal ensemble.
Perform a cappella (singing with no accompanyment) secular works called part songs.
- Chamber Choir
- Small groups of up to 24 singers.
Perform either a cappella or accompanied by piano.
- Chamber Music
- Emsemble music for groups of two to ~twelve players with one player to a part.
essential trait is its intimacy.
- String Quartet
- Generally any performing body of diverse instruments but more synonymous with symphony orchestra.
- Symphony Orchestra
- Ensemble of strings coupled with an assortment of woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments.
Varied in size and makeup throughout its history but has always featured STRING instruments at its core.
- Concert Band
- Wind Ensemble
Size from 40 to 80 or so players.
Established institution in most secondary schools, colleges/universities, and many communities.
- Marching Band
- A concert band commonly entertaining sports events and parades. Retains remnants from its military orgin; eg. display of drum major, flags, and rifles.
- Person that beats the time in standard metric pattern to help the performers keep the same tempo with the use of a baton.
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