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(Immediate Release – Los Angeles, CA – November 1, 2007)


Strimple set to publish second volume in choral music series

Amadeus Press schedules "Choral Music In The Nineteenth Century” for release in Spring 2008

By the author of the critically acclaimed Choral Music In The Twentieth Century, this second volume is an indispensable resource for choral conductors, a valuable guide for choral singers and other music lovers, and an essential text for educators seeking to challenge their students. As with his first book, Nick Strimple’s articulate examination and commentary reviews one-hundred years of choral music literature, offering a straightforward text that is gratifying and enlightening all at once.

This book covers the beginning of the nineteenth century, where sacred choral music enjoyed a revival as composers incorporated major orchestral accompaniments and took performances from the church to the concert stage. It continues through the turn-of-the-twentieth century, where composers were already delving into the experimentation and exploration that would fully develop in the twentieth century. With a clear and concise style, Strimple easily addresses the immense range of music for vocal ensembles, including secular, sacred, and folk-influenced works from all over the world.

Strimple deftly covers repertory of every style and level of complexity in this critical survey, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Bruch, Mahler, and lesser figures. The text is illustrated with photos and musical examples, and appendices include works lists organized by type of chorus and accompaniment. The geographical scope is just as far-reaching: arranged by country or region, the book includes not only European and American idioms but also less familiar music from Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. The volume may be ordered at

Nick Strimple has appeared as a guest conductor with distinguished international ensembles and has recorded critically acclaimed CDs of choral music by 20th-century American composers. He currently serves on the faculty in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.



Book: Choral Music in the Twentieth Century

“Everyone with a love of choral music – whether composer, conductor, singer or just fond admirer – should have this eloquent book in their library. Strimple, a gifted and articulate writer, has produced a volume that is easy, enjoyable and enlightening to read . . . Finally, the strongest endorsement I can offer is that this text is required reading for my graduate students.” [James Dearing, American Music Teacher, April/May 2006]


Recording: Judith Lang Zaimont: Meditations for the New Year

“Nick Strimple’s Choral Society of Southern California gives a tremendous choral performance. With crisp diction, the sense that they know what they’re singing about, and an heroic job of maintaining pitch.” [Classical Archives, January 2006 (#94)]


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