Book Title: Dead Composers and Living Boys: how high should boys sing in a digital age?
Book Description: The sequel to How High Should Boys Sing, and thoroughly in tune with the living boys of today, this book is a detailed study of how they grow, how their voices work at different stages of growth and how they want to use them. Intrigued by the fact that boys are almost never chosen for historically informed performance, the author sees the relationship between dead composers and living boys to be in need of development.
The relationship between boys alive today and composers who wrote music anything up to 600 years ago is challenged by new levels of understanding gained during recent decades. Moreover, the twenty-first century boy is less deferential and more inclined to exercise his own agency. He may be less willing to sing in the range specified by a composer of the past, or his teacher may advise him against doing so.
This book addresses matters of significant interest for education, performance, and musicology, the more so since the lifting of the prohibition of young women and girls in public performance of choral works written before the year 2000. Those aspects of the science of adolescent growth that the concerned parent, conscientious choir director and diligent music teacher need to know are fully explained in accessible language supported by a wide range of diagrams, charts and sound samples.
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