ISSN: 17527066
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 1
Cover Date: November 2009
Mapping a beautiful voice: theoretical considerations
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Authors:  Evangelos Himonides 
DOI: 10.1386/jmte.2.1.25/1

beautiful singing, quality perception, psychoacoustics, vocal pedagogy, voice beauty

The prime purpose of this article is to draw on a range of diverse literatures to clarify those elements that are perceived to constitute a ‘beautiful’ sung performance. The text rehearses key findings from existing literatures in order to determine the extent to which particular elements might appear the most salient for an individual listener and also ‘quantifiable’ (in the sense of being open to empirical study). The article concludes with a theoretical framework for the elements that are likely to construct and shape our responses to particular sung performances.
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