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This is closely related to this question about vibrato in jazz violin. The simple answer is, markings related to vibrato are few because it is usually an integral part of the stylistic conventions of a genre. Throughout history and across cultures, every genre uses or omits vibrato in stylistically significant ways. In bel canto or in modern classical ...


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It's a style thing. Ubiquitous in the more lyrical types of popular music. Opera singers (as a gross generalisation) pride themselves in hitting each note with full resonance and sustaining it without variation. Popular singers, particularly those who 'croon' into a close-up microphone, often fill out a sustained note with a quite heavy vibrato. Just ...


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Just to clarify, you're describing an out-of-the ordinary vibrato used as an ornament only on certain notes, not simply an unusually wide variety of the "switch it on, leave it on" vibrato common to modern practice. I've seen Mark O'Connor elaborate on this idea of a extremely wide vibrato ornament, a sort of "vibrato trill," in which he ...


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