The male chorus part songs of Josef Rheinberger: a conductor's study
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During the past twenty years, Josef Rheinberger’s choral music has emerged in choral communities throughout the world, and the performance of his late-nineteenth century motets and masses have captivated conductors, musicians, and audiences. While the composer’s sacred music is commonly performed, his secular choral works are largely under-researched. Some of his richest writing was for German singing societies, with more than 100 male chorus part songs composed between 1854-1897. The purpose of this document is to introduce choral scholars to Josef Rheinberger’s male chorus part songs and support his position among the finest nineteenth century German composers of the genre. The document provides basic information about his early musical training and involvement in the German male chorus singing tradition. However, the core of the study provides poetic and musical analyses of six representative songs written between 1870-1896.