What is a choir?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
February 19, 2015
What is a choir?

There are various creative groups: ensembles, groups, duets, choirs, and each has its own characteristics. In this article we will take a closer look at what a choir is.

The word "choir" came to us from the Greek language and literally means "crowd." But in the conventional sense, a choir is a group of artists in which two or more performers sing the same musical part. This is the main difference of the choir from other musical groups. The appearance of the choir belongs to the times of ancient Greece and is associated with the appearance of the theater. True, the value of the choirs at that time did not at all resemble the present, except perhaps by a large number of people.

With the development of religion, the choir acquired additional functions and musical performances in it became more. Sometimes whole musical works are called choirs, in which each vocal part is performed by several voices. But this is rather a literal and familiar understanding of the choir. There are figurative meanings of the word.

So, for example, to say about the simultaneity and joint execution of something, they often talk about the choir, often referring to creative activity.But to emphasize consistency and being in the same group, we can also meet the use of the word “choir.” For example: "Suddenly the song came out in unison, deleted, willing!" or "On the ocean of air ... the choirs of slender bodies quietly float in the fog."

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