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Thread #50417   Message #765333
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
14-Aug-02 - 03:09 PM
Thread Name: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Subject: RE: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Meanwhile, in early church music, the tenor men had the melody. "Tenor" means "holder." I guess the highest line was the descant. Or maybe the treble.

I figure they did it this way because tenors sing louder and last longer than do boy sopranos - decades rather than a few years.

I used to play through books of old music, wondering why it was so dull, until an academic slipped up and let the secret out on the last page of book of medieval carols. Now I know that if the top line sounds boring, look for the tenor part and see how it sounds.