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The Supernatural Voice: A History of High Male Singing (Hardback)

Simon Ravens

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ISBN 10: 1843839628 / ISBN 13: 9781843839620
Edité par Boydell Brewer Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The use of high male voices in the past has long been one of the most seriously misunderstood areas of musical scholarship and practice. In opening up this rich subject (to readers of all sorts) with refreshingly clear perspectives and plenty of new material, Simon Ravens well-researched book goes a very long way to rectifying matters. Ravens writes damnably well, and if the story that emerges is necessarily a complex one, his treatment of it is always engagingly comprehensible. ANDREW PARROTT Tracing the origins, influences and development of falsetto singing in Western music, Simon Ravens offers a revisionist history of high male singing from the Ancient Greeks to Michael Jackson. This history embraces not just singers of counter-tenor and alto parts up to and including our own time but the castrati of the Ancient world, the male sopranists of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and the dual-register tenors of the Baroque and Classical periods. Musical aesthetics aside, to understand the changing ways men have sung high, it is also vital to address extra-musical factors - which are themselves in a state of flux. To this end, Ravens illuminates his chronological survey by exploring topics as diverse as human physiology, the stereotyping of national characters, gender identity, and the changing of boys voices. The result is a complex and fascinating history sure to appeal not only to music scholars but to performers and all those with an interest particularly in early music. Simon Ravens is a performer, writer, and director of Musica Contexta, with whom he has performed in Britain and Europe, regularly broadcast, and made numerous acclaimed recordings. Ravens had previously founded and directed Australasia s foremost early music choir, the Tudor Consort. Between 2002 and 2007 his regular monthly column Ravens View appeared in the Early Music Review, to which he still regularly contributes. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9781843839620

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`The use of high male voices in the past has long been one of the most seriously misunderstood areas of musical scholarship and practice. In opening up this rich subject (to readers of all sorts) with refreshingly clear perspectives and plenty of new material, Simon Ravens' well-researched book goes a very long way to rectifying matters. Ravens writes damnably well, and if the story that emerges is necessarily a complex one, his treatment of it is always engagingly comprehensible.' ANDREW PARROTT Tracing the origins, influences and development of falsetto singing in Western music, Simon Ravens offers a revisionist history of high male singing from the Ancient Greeks to Michael Jackson. This history embraces not just singers of counter-tenor and alto parts up to and including our own time but the castrati of the Ancient world, the male sopranists of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and the dual-register tenors of the Baroque and Classical periods. Musical aesthetics aside, to understand the changing ways men have sung high, it is also vital to address extra-musical factors - which are themselves in a state of flux. To this end, Ravens illuminates his chronological survey by exploring topics as diverse as human physiology, the stereotyping of national characters, gender identity, and the changing of boys' voices. The result is a complex and fascinating history sure to appeal not only to music scholars but to performers and all those with an interest particularly in early music. Simon Ravens is a performer, writer, and director of Musica Contexta, with whom he has performed in Britain and Europe, regularly broadcast, and made numerous acclaimed recordings. Ravens had previously founded and directed Australasia's foremost early music choir, the Tudor Consort. Between 2002 and 2007 his regular monthly column Ravens View appeared in the Early Music Review, to which he still regularly contributes.

Synopsis: Many accounts of high-male singing have been based on the premise that the falsettist and the counter-tenor have always been synonymous. The Supernatural Voice, on the other hand, suggests that until very recently, falsettists and counter-tenors have been distinct vocal genres. Further, the book explains how other vocal types - the castrato, the haute-contre, and the tenor - relate to historical developments in high male singing. Taking its title from the famous description by Thomas Coryat of a falsettist in Venice in 1608, the book has a chronological structure covering a period from the Ancient World to the present day. Only by contemporary comparisons can we gain an accurate picture of falsetto singing. It begins, however, with the period 1943 to the present, introducing readers to the subject through voices they know. Chapters are divided by briefer 'Extempore' sections, which deal with trans-historical issues, such as pitch. The Extempore sections each begin by quoting a presumption made by a modern commentator, and taking this as a discussion point. Although the written style of the book is engaging and provocative, its musicological content is uncompromising. SIMON RAVENS is director of Musica Contexta performing regularly in Britain and Europe. He has previously founded and directed Australasia's foremost early choir, The Tudor Consort. Ravens has many broadcasts, various articles and countless concert programme and CD sleeve notes to his name.

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Titre : The Supernatural Voice: A History of High ...

Éditeur : Boydell Brewer Ltd, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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