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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 suggested edit on Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6
Jan
8
suggested suggested 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
awarded  Yearling
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.
Apr
29
comment Can anyone learn to sing higher?
Good question. I don't think I'd expect a tenor voice to emerge, but from my own experience—going from a chest voice upper limit of E♭4 to nearly A4 during my 20s, I think a solid baritone range could be possible. But, as I said, he could just as easily be a power bass that can't really have the upper range. It depends a lot on how old JJS is, what kind of sound profile he has, and how important it is for him to extend his range upward.
Apr
28
revised Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
Corrected "also" in last sentence to alto; added statement on modern "tenor" clef.
Apr
28
suggested suggested edit on Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
Apr
28
comment Can anyone learn to sing higher?
@WheatWilliams: Voices develop over time. A bass might not be able to sing tenor right now, but that doesn't mean he will never be able to sing tenor. (I've moved up from high baritone to first tenor in the last few years, so I know it's possible!)
Apr
28
comment Can anyone learn to sing higher?
You haven't mentioned how old you are. For men, their voices keep maturing across a long period of time—well into their late 20's or early 30's. Moreover, just because you don't know how to sing high doesn't mean you can't. It may be a matter of training, or it just might mean you're really a "power bass."
Apr
28
awarded  Commentator
Apr
28
comment Can anyone learn to sing higher?
"Professional singers . . . sing with what nature gave them." This is a factually misleading statement: some of the most famous singers of our time, including Placido Domingo, "built" their voice. (Domingo, for instance, was originally a baritone!) Nature may have given people a lot more talent than they know.
Apr
19
answered Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
Apr
19
comment Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
I don't think the tenor ranges are that extreme—and an occasional B flat in the tenor I part could be quite thrilling in practice. Also, I've known quite a few sopranos at the collegiate level who had the requisite notes to sing a high D flat. So it's not impossible—and the original poster mentioned it was an optional note.
Apr
19
comment Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
I think you mean E♭4 for the soprano II's, right?
Mar
29
comment Is there a formal name for this type of composition?
@filzilla: The British concept of "fantasy" is quite different from those used in other countries. There was an old Baroque form of music called a "fantasy" (or "phantasy") featuring contrasting slow and fast sections, and predominantly scored for strings. Modern British works (such as those by Vaughan Williams or Britten) with "Fantasy" in the title harken back to this tradition.