Vowel music

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The vowel music refers to any music, which is implemented with the human voice and the human articulation organs, in contrastto the pure instrument valley music. Vowel music is accompanied however frequent with instruments.

To first kind belong A-cappella - singing lay like a religious character, z. B. the songs for man, woman or mixed choir, the Motetten etc. to up to the pure singing fair; the too latter art song, the air, Kavatine, the Rezitativ, Duett, Terzett and the other mehrstimmigen sentences. From the connection of these claymolds, particularly letztern, the larger musical products of art, the opera , the Oratorium , the Requiem , the Kantate etc. develop.

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the exact emergence of the vowel music is closely connected with the use thathuman voice. Calls and sounds were used frequently for the signalling among the peoples of the earth; a further area of application could be the call to different divinities. The step from a long, elevated call to the singing is not far.

the Middle Ages


church music

church music



classical period


art song

art song

20. Century

church music

lay music

in 20. Century developed in Europe andAmerica a new style of vowel music out. It acted at the beginning of usually around ensembles with approximately a half dozen man voices, accompanied by a piano. These groups played among other things with the purely stimmlichen imitation of instrumentalem sound (z. B. of wind instruments). Most well-known example are here surely the Comedian Harmonists. Later without any instrumentale company, the term A cappella narrowed its old meaning was done into “mehrstimmiger singing without instruments”. Barbershop and Doowop affected this style. Today's A-cappella-groups are in all occupations, whereby mixed and purely male groupsdominate. By a tendency to multilayered rhythmic arrangements, imitation of instrumentalem sound (partial with electronic aids, studio technology) and the extension of the ensemble around Mundschlagzeuger (see in addition also under Beatboxing) changed at the end 20. Century the sound of A-cappella-music clearly.

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  • Vowel music in the Meyers encyclopedia, 4. Aufl., 1888, volume 16, page 257

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