Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Vocal characteristics of the Britten mezzo: An analysis of fundamental vocal qualities demonstrated in the recordings of the premiere performers and notable contemporary singers of Britten's works
by Smiley, Rachel, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 62; 1517792
Abstract (Summary)

This project report defines the vocal qualities of a Britten mezzo by analyzing audio recordings of five British singers and quantifying their vocal characteristics through the use of a survey form created for this study. The practice of aligning singers with composers prefaces the paper, followed by a detailed explanation of the methodology behind the vocal characteristic form. A brief section is dedicated to the musical background of the five singers who epitomize the Britten mezzo. The results of the audio analysis are presented in the order in which they appear on the form, divided into vocal quality and vocal technique, and each singer's performance is discussed individually. Finally, the classifications of Britten mezzo, Verdian mezzo, and Wagnerian mezzo are compared using an abbreviated form. The purpose of this study is to provide tools to understand the musical characteristics of various composers and the demands they place upon a singer.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anglin, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1517792
ISBN: 9781267474193
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