This ambitious book brings into focus the broad diversity of sacred choral music repertoire, its history, its nuance, performance insights, and discussions of the best of the best repertoire throughout the ages. This “best of the best” comes from surveys of practicing church musicians and additional focused inquiry to discover the vital canon of sacred choral music used widely throughout North America.
Written by Tim Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, together with contributions from practicing church choir directors, this incredible and comprehensive book conveys with passion and wonder the central role the choral art has served in worship for hundreds of years.
Additionally, this book serves as a guide for any church music director and students of the sacred canon looking to bring the best performance practice and literature to their worship community.
Topics covered in this book include:
- Music of the Renaissance
- Music of the Baroque
- The 18th Century Classical Era
- The Romantic Era
- Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
- Folk Hymns
- Relational and Intentional Worship of the 21st Century
- Church Music in a Professional and Commercial Age
Each section includes historical period background information, conducting insights specific to each period, practical analysis of each composition addressing meter, tempo, rhythm, melodic and harmonic characteristics, interpretation, texture, form, timbre, and text. Sharp and his contributors supply over 175 resource guides for the best in worship choral literature.
Sacred Choral Music Repertoire is a practical reference for anyone looking to understand and benefit from the best choral repertoire of the centuries, and choral music that continues to bring us closer to the divine in a way words alone cannot.
Tim Sharp, an active choral conductor, researcher, and writer, is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus.