The Voice

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI:
The Voice

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This chapter discusses the close identification of language and music, song, and speech. It considers how singing styles and vocal techniques have evolved over the years with many new developments in the 20th and 21st centuries, many of them coming out of popular, folk, and experimental music; and the importance of the influence of the all-pervasive microphone (as “loudspeaker culture” edges out “acoustic culture”). It shows that non-operatic singing styles and the development of extended and experimental vocal techniques and styles are important features of new music theater.

Keywords: folk; experimental vocal techniques; song

Chapter.  7338 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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