Revised and extended because it first seemed in 1991, the consultant beneficial properties new chapters on ornamentation and practice session concepts, in addition to up to date reference fabrics, web assets, and different new fabric made to be had merely within the final decade. The advisor is made out of centred chapters on functionality perform concerns reminiscent of vocal and choral song; quite a few sorts of ensembles; profiles of particular tools; instrumentation; functionality perform matters; conception; dance; local profiles of Renaissance track; and instructions for administrators. The structure addresses the widest attainable viewers for early track, together with beginner performers, musicologists, theorists, and educators.
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Learn something about that form: is it ﬁxed or ﬂexible? Is there a standard subject matter for the form, and does your poem conform to it? For instance, the Italian canzona nearly always has a light, pastoral content. Although the poetic form is not always related to the musical form, it is good to have as much information as is available in order to make a musical interpretation. All too often we eliminate text to shorten a piece if the language being sung is foreign to the audience. However, if length is a salient feature of the poetic and musical forms, that should temper our inclination to edit.
Singers who are forced to sing a line that lies below their effective tessitura cannot help but produce a washed-out, colorless sound. Conversely, a line that lies too high will almost always sound harsh and edgy. Another solution is to combine, say, an alto and a tenor on the same line and have them work as a team to cover the entire range of a part with good production (the tenor leaving out the highest notes, the alto pantomiming the lowest). Tempo One of the most difﬁcult aspects of performing Renaissance choral music is the uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of mensuration signs.
What types of singers are desirable? A vocal ensemble short on tenors will ﬁnd that it is nearly impossible to function. Countertenors are also extremely useful, although they frequently ﬁnd that the top line of polyphony is too high and the next highest line too low. Female altos and countertenors combined on the same line can produce a smooth effect that helps keep the individuals in the choir listening to voice parts other than their own. Basses should ideally be resonant in the bottom range but not boomy, and light in the upper range.
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