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Choral, orchestral, and choral -orchestral rehearsal techniques to optimize choral -orchestral renditions

Leonardo C Lebas, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The preparation and performance of a choral-orchestral work can be a fulfilling musical experience. All too often, however, lack of interpretive interaction between the chorus and the orchestra frustrates an artistically successful outcome. This doctoral document presents a philosophy of preparation of choral-orchestral works that promotes the working together of the choral-orchestral ensemble. The author of the document considers choral, orchestral, and choral-orchestral rehearsal techniques that create synergy in the choral-orchestral ensemble an essential tool to optimize choral-orchestral renditions. The rehearsal techniques are described and are applied to the author's preparation and performance of Schubert's Mass in G. Although offering a detailed analysis of the work, as well as reflections on its preparation, this document is not a "Conductor's Guide to Schubert's Mass in G." Rather, the intent of the author is to provide an approach to choral-orchestral preparation which can inspire conductors to create their own rehearsal techniques that form synergy in the choral-orchestral ensemble, and to apply them to their preparation of works from the vast choral-orchestral repertoire. Also included in this document are a survey of selected English-language scholarly literature on preparation of choral-orchestral works, and a DVD containing a performance of Schubert's Mass in G conducted by the author.

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Recommended Citation

Lebas, Leonardo C, "Choral, orchestral, and choral -orchestral rehearsal techniques to optimize choral -orchestral renditions" (2009). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3365843.