Singing music from 1500 to 1900:style, technique, knowledge, assertion, experiment
published by the University of York, edited
by John Potter and Jonathan Wainwright
This paper explores the literature and
discography that David Munrow used as the basis for his own opinions on
vibrato. He collated his findings in an unpublished paper entitled, simply, ‘Vibrato’.
In his paper Munrow outlined some of the
arguments about vibrato that he encountered in print and began to relate them
to a number of recordings. However, without access to laboratory equipment he
was unable to undertake a detailed analysis of the sort that can now be done easily
with modern sound editing and analysis software. As such, the limits of his
approach become apparent when modern techniques are applied. This chapter
relates measurements taken from the recordings to Munrow’s own aural
observations as set down in his essay.
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