In the course of performing Renaissance polyphony, the choir has come to realise that singing bar-free
versions liberates the rhythms within and between the parts. It is easy for any choir to sing these pieces
despite the lack of barlines, and once the choir is accustomed to it, its members find it frustrating to be
given scores with barlines which are basically arbitrarily imposed on the polyphony and imply a rigidity of
rhythm which is foreign to the idiom.
The pieces of music on this page can be downloaded and used by anyone. The selection here is determined by
what the Embassy Singers have sung since we started singing bar-free polyphony in 2003.