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A history of singing

Author: John Potter, (Tenor); Neil Sorrell
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why do we sing and what first drove early humans to sing? How might they have sung and how might those styles have survived to the present day? This history addresses these questions and many more, examining singing as a historical and cross-cultural phenomenon. It explores the evolution of singing in a global context - from Neanderthal Man to Auto-tune via the infinite varieties of world music from Orient to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Potter, (Tenor); Neil Sorrell
ISBN: 9780521817059 0521817056 1107630096 9781107630093 9781139214285 1139214284
OCLC Number: 755071796
Description: vii, 349 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Imagined voices. Origins, myths and muses --
Historical voices. Genesis of the Western tradition ; Emerging soloist and the primacy of text ; Age of the virtuoso ; Nineteenth-century revolution --
Recorded voices. Great tradition : singing through history-history through singing ; Classical singing in the twentieth century : recording and retrenchment ; Post-classical : beyond the mainstream ; Emancipation of the popular voice ; Sung and unsung : singers and songs of the non-English-speaking world.
Responsibility: John Potter and Neil Sorrell.
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Why do we sing and what first drove early humans to sing? From Neanderthal Man to Genesis, from Qawwali to castrati and from Purcell to Peking Opera, this history explores the global evolution of  Read more...

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