The main focus of Bärenreiter's multi-faceted catalogue of choral music lies on high-quality Urtext editions of sacred and secular vocal music ranging from Monteverdi and Schütz via Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Verdi and Fauré right through to Frank Martin. Valuable additions include works by contemporary composers such as Ernst Krenek, Beat Furrer and Manfred Trojahn.
The scholarly-critical Urtext editions present musical texts at the cutting edge of scholarship while providing detailed information on the genesis of the works concerned, a description of all available sources, and suggestions regarding performance practice. The editors also shed light on their editorial decisions in a Critical Commentary.
The Bärenreiter catalogue also includes arrangements for various types of choir. For example, major vocal works by Mozart, Pergolesi and Vivaldi have been arranged for female choir. The “Choir & Organ” series makes it possible to perform key works of sacred vocal music with smaller forces.
The choral collections offer a varied selection of pieces for mixed choir (for three to four parts), as well as female choir. They can be used for a wide range of occasions.