The Role Of Choral Music And How Communication Occurs Within The Choral Setting

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While the history of choral assembly quite a broad field, this should show the variety between ancient choral music and that of the common era. With this understanding in mind, therefore, one can enter the discussion of communication with amenable thought. Communication To begin with, it is important for one to understand how choral assembly can be related to communication, and how communication occurs in the choral setting. There are three major varying ways this happens: choir to the audience, director to the choir, and choir member to the choir member. These three instances are not limited to the field of communication, but do resemble the characteristics that make up communication in an individual 's life. When a choir mounts the…show more content…
One gesture that is incorrectly timed or misplaced could significantly alter the way the choir responds to the conductor. In turn, that response could alter the intended message of the choir. Additionally, the choir communicates to each other as members. Choirs are normally built of four parts: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass(SATB). For choirs with more skill, the SSAATTBB form is used(each choir part being split into two). Communication often occurs based on the formation of the choir – the placement of vocal parts in physical proximity to each other. As seen in Appendix A, figure 1a depicts a choir formation. This formation is one of simplicity, but also of effectiveness. Each vocal part is grouped together so that choir members can rely on each other for note precision. In this setting, the choir has the ability to communicate to each by way of directly hearing the notes they need to sing. For example: a bass is standing right next to another bass. If he misses an entrance, he can listen to a bass near him, and re-enter the music. The communication present could almost be viewed as sub-conscious reaction, however, to label it as such would be improper due to its vital nature. The formation seen in figure 1a is often used for beginning choirs because it is a safe environment for people to grow vocally. On the other hand, the formation seen in figure 1b is significantly more difficult and requires much more skill. In

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