The BBC Proms Guide to Great Choral Works

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The BBC Proms Guides provide all the background and information you need about some of the most popular works in the repertory. As one of the world's leading music festivals, the BBC Proms has over the years published unrivalled and highly-praised programme notes by some of today's leading writers on music.

Choral singing has been a great tradition of this country's music-making, and this volume looks at some of the greatest masterpieces in the repertory, from Allegri and Tallis to Handel and Bach, large-scale nineteenth-century works such as Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' and the 'Verdi Requiem', through to the masterpieces of the twentieth century which reinvented the oratorio: Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius', Walton's 'Belshazzar's Feast' and Britten's 'War Requiem'.

If you want to know more about how these great works were written and what to listen out for as you encounter these remarkable pieces, this is the place to start.

  • Edited By: Sir Nicholas Kenyon

    Nicholas Kenyon has been Managing Director of the Barbican Centre since 2007. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007, and Controller, BBC Radio 3, from 1992 to 1998. He read History at Balliol College, Oxford, and his first post was with the English Bach Festival 1973-6. He was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times, and the Observer, and has written the history of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the biography of Simon Rattle, edited the influential volume Authenticity and Early Music, and co-edited The Proms: A New History. He is a member of the boards of English National Opera and Sage Gateshead, a Trustee of Dartington Hall and a member of Arts Council England.

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