Choral Symphony

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A sym. in which a ch. is used at some point. By general usage the Choral Sym. means Beethoven's Sym. No.9 in D minor, Op.125, in which the finale is a setting for 4 soloists, ch., and orch. of Schiller's ‘Ode to Joy’. But Holst wrote a Choral Symphony (to poems by Keats, f.p. 1925), and there are many syms. since Beethoven which use soloists and ch. in one or more movts., e.g. Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, Britten's Spring Symphony, Mahler's Syms. Nos. 2, 3, and 8, and Shostakovich's 2nd and 13th Syms. Bantock's Atalanta in Calydon is a choral sym. for vv. alone.

Subjects: Music.

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