Classical Vocal Music


Classical vocal music comprises music written for one or more voices with piano or orchestral accompaniment. The most popular forms are the German ‘Lied’ and the French ‘Chanson’. Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf are the most frequently performed German Lieder composers. Fauré, Debussy and Ravel are the leading French chanson composers. However, there are also song cycles with orchestral accompaniment by composers such as Mahler and Berlioz which fall into the vocal category.