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"We Have Something Really Going Between Us Now":
Columbia Record's Influence on the Repertoire
of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1949–1992 (pdf)

  by Mark D. Porcaro

Abstract

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MTC) began a recording contract in 1949 with a commercial record company, Columbia Records, its repertoire began to change. While the MTC was able to exercise some control over its recording repertoire, because of the contract it often had to record two to three albums a year of works chosen for the Choir. Initially the MTC's broadcast and recorded repertoire changed slowly, at first, from a core of sacred works to a repertoire with an almost equal number of secular works by the middle of the 1970s that exists even to today.