castrati and countertenors
- View SourceIf these nuances are so complex and requires difficult listening
then they wont be in the moreschi recordings as the frequency used
to record his singing was so narrow as to only just basically record
a sound. to actually say you know what he sounded like from those
recordings isn't accurate as the vast majority of the over and
undertones he would have created simply are not in the recording.
This is most obvious in the fact that both the violin and piano
sound very lacking in tone as well. I have heard countless
recordings made by Endo adult males, CT's and women and i can say
that the lines are VERY blurry. Each of these voice types can most
definately contain qualities of each and upon hearing you wont be
able to tell which is which.
in fact i heard an Endo male sing a song and ten sing something else
later (after he had gone thru HRT) with falsetto....the quality of
the Falsetto was exactly the same only it was a stronger sound
basically because he was a better singer...but the sound was so
close to being the same it just sounded like he was singing on a
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, J G
> The difference may not always be immediately or
> plainly obvious, but I still don't know that one can
> say that the lines blur that much. Yes there are LOTS
> of different voices out there - within each "type"
> too- but there still are those nuances and "shades"
> that make each voice type what it is. I have old
> recordings of me where if you didn't know, you'd SWEAR
> I was a boy. I was 16 or something at the time. Then
> again, if you really listen, you'll find out "why" I'm
> not. Its very complex- but very interesting!
> --- real_kael <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Personally i think the Castrato voice is just as
> > varied and can
> > sound just like anything other voice type....I can
> > think of of
> > plenty of women who sound like men...even
> > contralto's who sound
> > weaker and more feable than CTs....I know female
> > sopranos who sound
> > exactly and even lighter than a boy. There are many
> > and i repeat
> > many instances through out history of Falsettists
> > being confused for
> > castrati by even people considered to be vocal
> > experts.....i dont
> > believe for a second that there is a distinct line
> > between woman,
> > castrato and falsettist...they have all been
> > confused too much
> > through out history, when all three were working
> > together, for us to
> > determine a clear Castrato sound....especially since
> > ones technique
> > is the determining factor.
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