Friday, April 24, 2009

Countertenor Andreas Scholl and the Australian Chamber Orchestra: making chamber music sexy

Countertenors fascinate me.

The countertenor represents a moment in history, the 17th century, when men who were feminine were desirable. Men were more masculine if they had feminine aesthetic characteristics. They also represent a time before women were welcome in concert music. Young boys, countertenors and castrati sang the vocal parts now known as alto and soprano. The countertenor was the David Bowie, the Prince, and hair bands of their time. They were divas and their fans loved them like rockstars.

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