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Author Potter, John (Tenor)

Title Tenor : history of a voice / John Potter
Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 305 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents The prehistory of the voice -- Handel, Mozart and the tenor-castrato connection -- Nourrit, Duprez and the tenorino d'hier -- The tenor as artist -- Caruso and the Italian succession -- The romantic tenor hero -- Splendid isolationists? : the British Isles in the twentieth century -- France and the decline of linguistic lyricism -- Russia and the preservation of lost traditions -- The twentieth-century Heldentenor -- Post-war losses and gains -- Notes --Tenorography -- Audio, video and website sources -- Select bibliography -- Index
Summary John Potter begins by surveying the prehistory of the tenor in the medieval period, when Gregorian chant and early polyphony had implications for a voice-type, and proceeds to the sixteenth century, when singers were first identified as tenors. He focuses on many of the greatest tenors-- those who predated the gramophone as well as those whose recorded voices may still be heard--and considers the ways in which each is historically significant. The names range from legendary early figures like Ludwig Schnoor von Carolsfeld (Wagner's first Tristan) to those more familiar like Enrico Caruso, Richard Tauber, Mario Lanza, Roberto Alagna, Ian Bostridge, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, and, of course, Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras. Admirers of the tenor voice will especially appreciate the book's unique reference section, with bibliographical and discographical/video information on several hundred tenors
Bibliography Includes Web resources
Includes bibliographical references (pages [292]-293) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Singing -- History.
Tenors (Singers) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300118732
030016002X (electronic bk.)
9780300160024 (electronic bk.)