It's Choral Music Month here at Classical MPR. On today's Learning to Listen, hear great choruses from the stage and screen.
It's also a subliminal music history lesson, because you don't hear choruses like this in Baroque-era operas. You'll rarely hear them in Classical-era operas, either.
Giant, epic choruses are far more common in the Romantic era and beyond. As a result, you can expect to hear choruses by composers from that era, like Richard Wagner, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Franz Schubert.