countertenor

Andreas Scholl

  • November 10, 1967 Eltville (Germany)

Biography

Countertenors never cease to fascinate music-lovers passionate about the voice. Enigmatic and angelic, the countertenor covers a tessitura allotted to women by resorting to a falsetto voice. A number of works from the sacred Renaissance repertoire and early Baroque, (from Palestrina to Charpentier) are allocated to the countertenor. After a long latent period and encouraged by the rediscovery of forgotten works, the countertenor tradition was given a second wind during the 20th century. Certain composers like Britten or Ligeti took a keen interest in the voice’s possibilities and devoted to it significant pages of their work.

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