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Jan
20
comment How do I develop a bass voice?
A bunch of questions here: Are you sure you have your ranges notated correctly? An adult male who can't comfortably sing below A3 (the A directly below middle C) can't really sing any of the standard male voice parts (at least not as they're normally written). What is your top note? Might you really be a tenor or countertenor instead?
Jan
14
comment What is a baritenor?
Seems to be. Every conductor seems to have his or her own opinion of where I should sing. (I've been asked to sing everything from bass II to tenor I in the last decade.)
Jan
14
comment What is a baritenor?
It's changed since those days, but in chest and head voice it's from F2 to Ab4, plus a falsetto range that goes from roughly F3 to F#5. My tessitura, though, is roughly Eb3 to F4.
Jan
14
answered Is there a standard range for a baritone? What is it?
Jan
14
asked What is a baritenor?
Jan
9
comment Is that a hemiola or what?
It could be three bars of 6/8 followed by a 3/4 bar.
Jan
9
answered Is that a hemiola or what?
Jan
9
comment How do I determine my vocal range?
I think that range and tessitura are often confused. The tessitura is not given by the extremes, but by the interval where the singer should spend most of his or her time. A good singer can finesse a few low or high notes if needed, but a part whose tessitura doesn't match the singer's will be extremely tough to sing, even if the range is within the singer's compass.
Jan
9
comment Placement of vocal soloists with orchestra
Thanks for the answer. However, a few points: (1) My middle-school choir did four-part music--quite often, in fact! (2) I think you have the soloist disposition in the War Requiem backwards (remembering the photos I've seen). (3) I've noticed this phenomenon with certain works, and not others, in the same venue with the same forces. For instance, I've seen the BSO do the Verdi and Mozart Requiems and place the soloists out front, but not for the Missa Solemnis!
Jan
8
revised The Swan of Tuonela: Sibelius, Wagner, and Smetana
Corrected the title of the piece: it's "Tuonela," not "Tounela."
Jan
8
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Jan
8
revised Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6
Changed "base" to "bass" and "descant" to "treble" (the standard name for the G-clef is the "treble" clef).
Jan
8
suggested approved edit on Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6
Jan
8
suggested approved edit on The Swan of Tuonela: Sibelius, Wagner, and Smetana
Jan
8
answered Is there a piece of music that “inaugurated” Beethoven's middle period, and thus the Romantic era?
Jan
5
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Nov
16
answered Piano Concerto Evolution
Nov
10
answered Voice - Trouble with high notes
Nov
10
comment Voice - Trouble with high notes
What voice type are you, and what range is causing problems? Is it the "normal" upper end of your range, or is it "above" the normal range?
May
8
comment Can anyone learn to sing higher?
No, I mean "develops," with changes at both ends possible. My own range expanded by a fourth upward and a third downward during that time span. Other professional singers have talked about their range expanding over time as well, on both ends.