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Encyclopedia > Boy soprano

Treble (or Boy Soprano in slang) is a term applied in music to a young male singer with an unchanged voice in the soprano range. Occasionally boys whose voices have changed can continue to sing in the soprano range for a period of time. The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying and screaming. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

As a boy singer approaches and begins to undergo puberty, the quality of his voice increasingly distinguishes itself from that typical of girls. While the girl's voice tends to develop gradually into the richness of the adult female voice, the voice of the boy is subject to the effects of the dropping of the larynx. The ultimate result of this profound change is that a new set of vocal ranges become available (see bass, baritone, tenor, contralto, sopranista; see also castrato). But before and as the voice drops, a uniquely rich tone develops. This brief period of high vocal range and unique color forms much of the ground for the use of the boy soprano in both liturgical and secular music in the Western world and elsewhere. Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... The larynx (plural larynges), colloquially known as the voicebox, is an organ in the neck of mammals involved in protection of the trachea and sound production. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or examples of poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... In music, an alto is a singer with a vocal range somewhere between a tenor and a soprano. ... A sopranista is a male singer who sings music written in the soprano vocal range. ... A castrato is a male soprano, mezzo-soprano, or alto voice produced either by castration of the singer before puberty or one who, because of an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity. ... Liturgical music originated as a part of religious ceremony, and includes a number of traditions, both ancient and modern. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...

It has been observed that boy sopranos in earlier times were, on average, somewhat older than in modern times. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach was considered to be an outstanding boy soprano until halfway through his sixteenth year, but for a male to sing soprano with an unchanged voice at that age is currently fairly uncommon in the developed world, where puberty tends to begin at younger ages (most likely due to differences in diet, including greater availability of proteins and vitamins). Bach in a 1748 portrait by Haussmann Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the... In nutrition, the diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. ... A representation of the 3D structure of myoglobin, showing coloured alpha helices. ... Retinol (Vitamin A) For the record label, see Vitamin Records A vitamin is an organic compound required in tiny amounts for essential metabolic reactions in a living organism. ...

The use of trebles (and falsettos in Christian liturgical music can be traced back to pre-Christian times. Boys were called upon to sing chants at Jewish religious services. Saint Paul's dictum that "women should be silent in church" (mulier taceat in ecclesia) resonated with this largely patriarchal tradition; the development of vocal polyphony from the middle ages through the Renaissance and Baroque thus took place largely, though not exclusively, in the context of the all-male choir, in which all voices were sung by men and boys. Falsetto (IPA: Italian , General American , RP ) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range. ... A liturgy is the customary public worship of a religious group, according to their particular traditions. ... For a discussion of Jews as an ethnicity or ethnic group see the article on Jew. ... Paul of Tarsus (b. ... Polyphony is a musical texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony). ... The Renaissance (French for rebirth, or Rinascimento in Italian), was a cultural movement in Italy (and in Europe in general) that began in the late Middle Ages, and spanned roughly the 14th through the 17th century. ... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens. ...

In the liturgical Anglican and English Catholic traditions, the word treble is used to refer to the boy soprano. The recent emergence of liturgical choirs including young girls has led in these traditions to both a more inclusive definition of treble which includes the higher voices of children of either sex, and to the qualified expression "girl treble," though such usage has met with opposition. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Anglicanism is the term used to encapsulate... Treble is a term applied in music to the high or acute part of the musical system, as opposed to the bass, the lower or grave part. ...

The changing of the male voice during puberty is sometimes called the breaking of the voice, to distinguish it from the less abrupt and less drastic change of the female voice.


Famous trebles

Peter Auty is a former choirboy who sang with the St Pauls Cathedral. ... Walking in the Air is a song written by Howard Blake for the animated short The Snowman, which has been broadcast on TV and published on videotape and DVD; also released as a single, LP and CD. In The Snowman, it was performed by a St. ... Aled Jones (born 29 December 1970) is a Welsh singer and television/radio personality and broadcaster who first came to fame as a boy soprano. ... Paul Miles-Kingston (born April 8, 1972, in London, England), is a British singer who achieved fame as a boy soprano classical singer. ... Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem is a requiem mass written in memory of the composers father, William Lloyd Webber, who died in 1982. ... Ernest Lough, publicity photograph Ernest Lough, one of the most famous boy sopranos the world has ever known, was born on 11 November 1911. ... Hear My Prayer (German: Hör mein Bitten) is a Christian hymn for soprano, chorus and organ or orchestra (SATB) written by Felix Mendelssohn in Germany in 1844. ... Anthony Way was born in London on December 14, 1982. ...

Popular treble solos

Pie Jesu is a motet that is a part of some composers musical settings of the Requiem Mass. ... Gabriel Urbain Fauré (May 12, 1845 – November 4, 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. ... Cover of the vocal score to the Requiem, published by Oxford University Press Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. ... Hear My Prayer (German: Hör mein Bitten) is a Christian hymn for soprano, chorus and organ or orchestra (SATB) written by Felix Mendelssohn in Germany in 1844. ... Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and known generally as Felix Mendelssohn (February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847) was a German composer and conductor of the early Romantic period. ... Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: )[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Gregorio Allegri (1582 – February 7, 1652) was an Italian composer and priest of the Roman School of composers. ...

Popular boy soprano groups/choirs

Libera Angel Voices album cover (2006) Libera is the third public name for the boys section of an Anglican parish church choir from South London. ... The Choirboys are an English boyband, made up of Cathedral choristers. ... The Vienna Boys Choir The Vienna Boys Choir (German: Wiener Sängerknaben) is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. ... The Texas Boys Choir The Texas Boys Choir is a choir based in Fort Worth, Texas. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Members of the American Boychoir. ... This article on a place of local interest appears to contain only a small amount of verifiable information. ...

See also

Anglican church music is music that is performed in Anglican church services. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This list of choirs contains choirs with entries in the Wikipedia plus other particularly noted choirs. ... For medical uses of the term see Superius (medical) In early vocal music, Superius is the Latin-derived name given to the highest voice-part - see Arnold, ref 1. ...

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