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Solo Voice

Welch, G; (2022) Solo Voice. In: McPherson, GE, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Volume 2. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, USA. (In press).

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Abstract

The chapter provides an overview of the physical basis of solo singing. Skilled vocal performance requires a multi-faceted co-ordination of the singer’s anatomy and physiology, which is conceived as a tri-partite system of energy source, vibrator, and resonators. The vocal instrument embraces (a) the respiratory apparatus, which compresses air upwards through the larynx; this (b) sets the vocal folds in vibration and converts an airstream to sound, and (c) filters the sound of the resultant pulsating airflow to be radiated from the vocal tract. Each of these components is discussed in detail, as well as their interconnectedness, with implications drawn in the concluding section for how this information is important to the soloist in understanding how their voice works in performance.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Solo Voice
Publisher version: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Solo singing, vocal anatomy, vocal physiology, vocal function, airstream, music performance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115495
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