Monday, October 26, 2020

The different types of polyphonic singing 4: contrapuntal polyphony

Joseph Jordania has outlined nine different types of polyphonic singing in his book Choral singing in human evolution.


 

I will be working through each type trying to give a simplified explanation and some musical examples. This week it’s contrapuntal polyphony.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The different types of polyphonic singing 3: canonic polyphony

Joseph Jordania has outlined nine different types of polyphonic singing in his book Choral singing in human evolution.


Gailė Paštukaitė, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I will be working through each type trying to give a simplified explanation and some musical examples. This week it’s canonical polyphony.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The different types of polyphonic singing 2: drone polyphony

Joseph Jordania has outlined nine different types of polyphonic singing in his book Choral singing in human evolution.


 

I will be working through each type trying to give a simplified explanation and some musical examples. This week it’s drone polyphony.

Monday, October 05, 2020

The different types of polyphonic singing 1: parallel polyphony

Joseph Jordania has outlined nine different types of polyphonic singing in his book Choral singing in human evolution.


I will be working through each type trying to give a simplified explanation and some musical examples. This week it’s parallel polyphony.

Monday, September 28, 2020

What is polyphonic singing?

Most choirs sing in harmony. They sing a kind of ‘vocal polyphony’.

It’s a bit of a daunting word, but very useful. So let’s find out what ‘polyphony’ means.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Singing with masks: advice for choir leaders

I wrote last week about how wearing masks might affect singers and how they can overcome any obstacles.

This week I want to look at the impact on choir leaders.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Singing with masks: advice for singers

Choirs are starting to rehearse again, both indoors and outdoors. Many are insisting that their singers wear masks.

Archway Gospelish Choir, Sussex

What are the difficulties (if any) of singing while wearing a mask?