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Thread #50417   Message #765948
Posted By: Dave Bryant
15-Aug-02 - 01:13 PM
Thread Name: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Subject: RE: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
As Leeneia said in early music the tenors always "held" the melody, this also applies to most British "West Gallery" anthems. In the American "Sacred Harp" tradition singers are allowed to choose which part they want to sing and which octave they want to sing it in.

In some French music (Berlioz's Requeum) there is no Alto/Contralto part and it is quite usual for one of the tenor lines to be re-allocated.

I've also sung in several choirs which had ladies singing tenor - after all we male tenors are always the most rare of choral voices.