At the beginning of the seventeenth century in Italy, a two-headed Neapolitan surgeon-barber carried out an experimental operation on a poor young man — castration — thus preserving his angelic soprano tessitura. This is where the story of castrati, monsters and prodigies all began. This man of theatre is also a bass singer in the vocal quartet, Ars Nova, specialising in arias from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A two-headed man, a castrato, a harpsichordist, a centaur, a horseman and Bonaparte all play a part in the telling of this historical journey — musical, outrageous, fantastic and oh so baroque! It does not surprise me that you have had an insurmountable aversion until now for that thing in the world that matters to you most. Unrefined and coarse people have spoken to you bluntly about having yourself castrated.

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Barbier history of music, Western Catholic U. He discusses the operatic tradition from grand opera to the parodies of vau It is hard to understand how 17th and 18th century Italy managed somehow to accept the idea of castration, even for musical reasons Professor Barbier's book explains it in a way that makes the operatic conventions sound almost reasonable, giving us a full picture of the training, techniques and personalities of the castrati themselves.

He has also written the highly acclaimed Vivaldi's Venice, published by Souvenir Press. Du kanske gillar. Hamlet William Shakespeare Inbunden. Spara som favorit. Skickas inom vardagar. Patrick Barbier's entertaining and authoritative book is the first full study of the subject in the context of the baroque period. Covering the lives of more than sixty singers from the end of the sixteenth century to the nineteenth, he blends history and anecdote as he examines their social origins and backgrounds, their training and debuts, their brilliant careers their relationship with society and the Church, and their decline and death.

The castrati became a legend that still fascinates us today. Thousands flocked to hear and see these singing hybrids - part man, part woman, part child - who portrayed virile heroes on the operatic stage, their soprano or contralto voices weirdly at variance with their clothes and bearing.

The sole surviving scratchy recording tells us little of the extraordinary effect of those voices on their audiences - thrilling, unlike any sound produced by the normal human voice. Illustrated with photographs and engravings, the book ranges from the glories of patronage and adulation to the darker side of a fashion that exploited the sons of poor families, denied them their manhood and left them, when they were old, to decline into poverty and loneliness.

It is a story that will intrigue opera-lovers and general readers alike, superbly told by a writer who has researched his subject with the thoroughness of a true enthusiast. Passar bra ihop. Recensioner i media. Bloggat om World of the Castrati.


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World of the Castrati: The History of an Extraordinary Operatic Phenomenon

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