The Wordless Chorus in Symphonic Music

August 03, 2019
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

A chorus in a symphonic work is usually singing a text. But some composers, such as Debussy in the Nocturne "Sirens," wanted the sounds of women's voices alone, without a text. And Debussy was not alone. Ravel in "Daphnis and Chloe" and Holst in "The Planets" also wanted voices, but voices as if purified of the tyranny of words. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear from these composers, and others, who wrote wordless choruses. 

Classical 24 Music Playlist

Illinois Arts Council Agency logo

These programs are partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

WILL Highlights