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The focus question I chose for my viva was How is Andrea Bocellis music linked with both pop and opera styles Before I go into my analysis Ill briefly talk about Bocelli himself He has often been called the fourth tenor and is a blind Tuscany-born vocalist who has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in his genre of light classical vocals He has also made inroads into the world of opera Beginning piano lessons at the age of six he later added flute and saxophone Bocelli was born with poor eyesight and became totally blind at the age of twelve He didnt consider a career in music until he had studied law at the University of Pisa earning a Doctor of Law degree Inspired to pursue music he studied with the famed tenor Franco Corelli His 1994 and 1996 albums showcased his operatic singing In 1997 and 1999 he released two albums where he turned to pop During my viva task I listened to a wide range of popular and operatic songs by different vocalists including Sarah Brightman and other songs by Pavarotti and Celine Dion which I will play for you at the end of my speech The song I chose to analyse was Time to Say Goodbye which I see as being an operetta in other words an opera composed in a popular and uncomplicated style with an influence from the modern day pop genre The instruments in this song were violins male voice tenor double bass tenor tuba cymbals and timpani So basically what makes Time to Say Goodbye both a pop and opera song Well the pop influence can bee seen through the 44 timing of the piece its metrical or regular rhythm the homophonic layers instrumental techniques used and the layout of the song ie Introduction verse chorus verse chorus bridgebuild-up and ending The operatic influences are evident through the use of
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