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Vocal Virtuosity:

The Origins of the Coloratura Soprano in Nineteenth-Century Opera

PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Binded]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Books on Music
Nothing strikes the ear quite like a soprano singing in the sonic stratosphere. Whether thrilling, chilling, or repellent to the listener, the reaction to cascades of coloratura with climaxing high notes is strong.Coloratura-agile, rapid-fire singing-was originally essential for all singers, but its
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Subtitle The Origins of the Coloratura Soprano in Nineteenth-Century Opera
Author Sean Parr
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Book [Binded]
Instrument Group Books on Music
Year of Publication 2021
Genre Opera / Operette
ISBN 9780197542644
No. OUP9780197542644
Release Date 5/20/2021
Description
Nothing strikes the ear quite like a soprano singing in the sonic stratosphere. Whether thrilling, chilling, or repellent to the listener, the reaction to cascades of coloratura with climaxing high notes is strong.Coloratura-agile, rapid-fire singing-was originally essential for all singers, but its function changed greatly when it became the specialty of particular sopranos over the course of the nineteenth century. The central argument ofVocal Virtuosity challenges the historical commonplace that coloratura became an anachronism in nineteenth-century opera. Instead, the book demonstrates that melismas at mid-century were made modern.
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