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History of singing styles There have been distinct stages in the development of music and particularly singing over the previous hundreds of years Looking back now we can easily see where certain things interlinked to create a new style or method of singing From the western side of things the first significant frame was the operatic movement This began in the early 1600s with the first ever Opera 1602 It was called Orpheo and was written by Monteverdi The singing style that existed between 1600 and 1750 was known as Baroque Baroque basically referred to a pure sound without verbrato Some words to describe this is ornamental and florid An example of a composition from this time is Handels Messiah Between 1750-1800 was the classical era with many famous composers emerging One such composer was Mozart who had success with his comic operas and the requiem mass 1800-1900 was known as the Romantic period This period started to involve verbrato in the singing This was a big change from the previous eras as there was focus on a huge sound rather than simplicity The main element of the romantics was the drama and emotion A type of style from the Romantic period was Lieder which is German Lieder were full of emotion and drama It played an important role in the development of opera and involved piano and voice duets The contrast between Romantic and Classical is that woman usually sang the latter On the other hand men mostly sang Romantics From 1900 onwards came diversity Opera expanded into different areas with once such area being called atonal As with many of these styles the Germans devised this and it was a great strain to the singers Atonal was made up of non-singing things like shouting whispering screaming muttering and laughing Once such 20th century vocal performance in this style was Verklaerte Nacht The Transfigured night by Sceoenberg It was made
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