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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Articles, new articles | 1 comment

What’s Beef?: Early Music Singers vs. Modern Music Singers

What’s Beef?: Early Music Singers vs. Modern Music Singers

by Melissa Wimbish

Let the Early Music discussion begin! (Insert fancy fanfare because that would be period appropriate.)

The month of September here at Operagasm is dedicated to that highly sophisticated subsection of classical music known as Early Music. If you have ever gone to a school that has an early music department or have ever attended an early music festival or have ever encountered an early music specialist, you probably know that this subject creates an interesting sort of “catty division” in our professional and social circles.

“Modern singers” and “early singers” (I’m using both terms very loosely) have built up a cold disdain for one another over the past … oh… two hundred-ish years or so..? I guess whenever “early music” became early. Singers from these separate camps just don’t agree about much. You might catch one eye-rolling the other because of their constant use of straight-tone, or when an ornament is improperly executed. (The nerve.) Things can get ugly very fast, so in an apparent effort to keep the streets safe, it seems that we have collectively decided that separation is best for all of our safety.

But what do you think, dearest reader?

Weigh in all month long as we take a closer look at the early music world via a fun mix of scholarly and sassy articles, hilarious debates, and a surprise or two along the way. This is in addition to the news, reviews, interviews, and other heavily ornamented tidbits we bring to you on the regular because we are sooooooooo sophisticated and knowledgable. Right?!?!

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