What are your favorite works of polyphony & chant?

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    Apr 01, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    To parallel the thread about classical music...

    Britten - "Hymn to the Virgin"


    Lauridsen - "O Magnum Mysterium" (beware the loud applause at the end)
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    Apr 01, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    i don't remember the composer/title, but i heard an a cappella performance by the vienna boys choir that was extraordinarily layered in the harmonies, while the melody and counterpoint interwove in such a way that it somehow sounded like ocean surf on the shore... does that ring any bells??
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    Apr 09, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Satyricon, you chose two contemporary pieces. Do you prefer recent work to older stuff like Lassus?


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    Apr 09, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    It's a beautiful aural quality. It's even more impressive when it comes from one mouth. There's great examples out there of Tuvan, but I post this one because even in an uncontrolled environment, the overtones are so obvious. Imagine in a room built for sound.

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    Apr 09, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidi don't remember the composer/title, but i heard an a cappella performance by the vienna boys choir that was extraordinarily layered in the harmonies, while the melody and counterpoint interwove in such a way that it somehow sounded like ocean surf on the shore... does that ring any bells??



    that might have been Tallis 40 part motet "Spem in Alium" .
    By the time all the parts interweave together you get that massive rolling sound indeed.

    i prefer the mixture of instrumental and vocal , but for strict a capella,
    the Allegri Miserere comes pretty much at the top of my list.

    but there 's also some fun stuff by Steve Reich .

    and i also really like Elizabeth Poston's "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree".
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    Apr 09, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    SouthPawPete saidSatyricon, you chose two contemporary pieces. Do you prefer recent work to older stuff like Lassus?


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    i just love requiem masses!!
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    Apr 09, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    oh, and mcgay is right: gyuto monks singing in harmony in a place for acoustics is fairly overwhelming too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ-hZ83GhJ8&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFqawKc06IU&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrfmPCCpV9I&feature=related