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Thread #118816   Message #2572132
Posted By: Don Firth
20-Feb-09 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: men singing high
Subject: RE: men singing high
With the very rare exception of the boy's voice that never changed and deepened at puberty, the countertenor voice is a developed falsetto. After puberty, the real voice of a potential countertenor is usually bass or baritone, but if the falsetto sounds good, is fairly easy to control, and has some range to it , a singer can opt to go that route.

I think just about everyone (especially Early Music buffs) has heard of Alfred Deller. He might be credited with digging the countertenor voice out of obscurity. Once he started concertizing in the mid Twentieth Century, other countertenors began to appear. Classic Alfred Deller.

Nick Zammit. I have no idea who he is, but seems to have two pretty acceptable voices (even if his piano needs to be tuned). Simple Gifts singing first as a Light baritone, then as a Countertenor.

I remember these fellows from wa-a-a-a-ay back. They were popular when I was growing up. Practically no perceptible break between his full voice and his falsetto. Clicky #1 and Clicky #2

The King's Singers have a couple of countertenors in the group. Here they are, having a bit of fun with a Rossini Overture. (This is a riot!)

Don Firth