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The New Music TheaterSeeing the Voice, Hearing the Body$
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Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001

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The Voice

The Voice

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(p.13) Chapter 1 The Voice
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The New Music Theater
Author(s):

Eric Salzman

Thomas Desi

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.003.0002

This chapter discusses the close identification of language and music, song, and speech. It considers how singing styles and vocal techniques have evolved over the years with many new developments in the 20th and 21st centuries, many of them coming out of popular, folk, and experimental music; and the importance of the influence of the all-pervasive microphone (as “loudspeaker culture” edges out “acoustic culture”). It shows that non-operatic singing styles and the development of extended and experimental vocal techniques and styles are important features of new music theater.

Keywords:   folk, experimental vocal techniques, song

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