Vocal ensemble

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A vocal ensemble or vocal ensemble ( French: ensemble vocal " singing group ") is understood to be a firmly formed choir that cultivates demanding vocal music . As a rule, it consists of a maximum of 30 singers and appears either a cappella , or with instrumental accompaniment, as a soloist or as a background .

As far as the individual names of the vocal ensembles in art music are concerned, there is a colorful palette here. Tradition, special objectives, the connection with the work of a composer and many other motifs are reflected in the naming. The vocal ensemble component is part of the name of many chamber choirs . It often happens that members of "large" choirs and chamber choirs form a vocal ensemble in order to play parts of the program alone or to perform as soloists.

The vocal ensembles of professional singers are professional choirs, which are especially important for new and newest choral music compositions. Since the 1980s, especially since the 1990s, many vocal ensembles of ambitious amateur singers have been formed in Germany. Since these vocal groups structurally neither the profession choirs still the group of school and institution choirs, secular amateur choirs (z. B. choirs ), church choirs or children's choirs are, they are allocated in today's choral nature of the group "Other choirs".

Important vocal ensembles (selection)


  • Friedrich Hofmann: Small manual for choir singers , Hänssler-Verlag 1974, ISBN 3 7751 0146-2

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