My Favorite Vocal Composers and Compositions

Originally, my musical world is a simple binary one: operatic vs. non-operatic (or instrumental). However, with my increasing appreciation of vocal, non-operatic compositions by many of my favorite (non-operatic) composers, this binary world became inadequate.

My top favorite composers in this category are Bach, Haydn, and Shostakovich. However, I especially love Haydn's vocal compositions, while remain not-so-passionately attached to his symphonies/quartets/etc., as described below.

Masses, Passions, Oratorios, and Other Sacred Vocal Works

Secular Vocal Works

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Created 1996? Separate page creatd 2003? Last update March 25, 2011.
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