2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Choral Performance Practices of the Renaissance Period
Ryan T. Welker♦
Dr. Mark Jennings, Faculty Mentor

Pieces dating from the Renaissance period were performed differently in the past than some conductors choose to interpret them today. The performers at that time often saw written music differently than it is printed now in that bar lines were not printed, time signatures were displayed differently, textual accents were not given, and so on. Performers were used to the style, and performing it was natural. Choir conductors make choices every day in rehearsal that determine how their choirs perform different genres of music. This study was organized in order to inform specifically high school choir directors of performance practice techniques of the Renaissance period. To do this, a list of common practices was compiled through the writings of musicologists. Teachers can apply these techniques to their rehearsals and influence a more genuine performance in the style of the period's genres.

Keywords: Renaissance, performance, practice, rehearsal, techniques


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-4
Location: OP 2117
Time: 1:45

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