Sunday, December 16, 2012

The origin of a cappella


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The word “a cappella” means Italian “like church”. A cappella music started in the churches of many organized Western religions at Renaissance term. The musician was making complicated and gorgeous music from church music, and was competing at the Renaissance term. The musician was making complicated and gorgeous music from church music, and was competing at the Renaissance term. Therefore, the Mass became a situation which does not understand whether it is a religious rite and whether it is a concert. Words become difficult to catch people and they did stripes. The Vatican regarded this as questionable. The Vatican made church music simplify as part of church reform. The origin of a cappella seems to be the chorus music which is not played and it was sung in the chapel of the Vatican. People would come to call an unplaied thing as the style of the church, seeing the appearance which the choir has sung the hymn by no playing at the church.  This style of singing came to be known as a cappella (also spelled a cappella), meaning, "of the church" or "in the style of the church."


The beginning of a cappella

 The United States has much immigration. Of course, Italians are also contained. It seems that they in the 19th century performed the barber in many cases. There were people who are running the barber by four brothers. They tried to delight the visitor. They began to sing, without playing the musical instrument in a store. Since there was also no amusement those days, this became extremely popular. This spread at a stretch as a "barber shop quartet."

Contemporary a cappella

 The "a cappella" which we hear usually means contemporary a cappella, when the most. Contemporary a cappella is fundamentally composed of four to seven persons. (This is explained at the third week.) One of the gospels has a "quartet." A quartet is mainly a chorus of four-person organization. It may be sung without using a musical instrument. It appeared as commercial music in the 1930s. This style is called Doo-Wop. Since the musical instrument was unnecessary for this, it spread during the black boys of the U.S. urban areas of the postwar years. And it was accepted also in the street musician.

History of voice percussion

Hip-hop was produced in the United States of the 1970s. It carried out soon and voice percussion was produced from the culture. The poor's people can buy neither a drum machine nor a turntable. It is said that it is beginning that they imitated the drum kit and minced the rhythm. Voice percussion is the technology which expresses the sound of a percussion instrument by the mouth as it is just as it is. Although called voice percussion in Japan, it is common to be called vocal percussion in English.

Encounter of voice percussion and a cappella

 Voice percussion was taken in by a cappella. The music which emphasized the rhythm with tempo began to appear. The prototype of present-day a cappella began to be made by this.


  1. I found out cappella developed later than Hip-hop.
    I wanted to hear cappella.

    1. Thank you for the comment!

      It seems that a cappella developed recentry.
      I want you to hear it very much.