Vocal Traditions in Conflict
Vocal Traditions in Conflict: Descent from Sweet, Clear, Pure and Affecting Italian Singing to Grand Uproar
Richard Bethell documents the decline in vocal tradition from the “sweet, clear, pure and affecting” classical style of 1650 to today’s traditional opera house style (plummy, loud and full of vibrato) as has been the norm for the last 100 years.
Following 20 years’ research, he cites reviews by prominent composers and appraisals of over 135 historic vocalists, and suggests that the revived interest in the original sound of early music instruments may soon extend to singing style.
410 pages, 254 x 178, softback with colour.
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