Sixth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2009)

Florence, Italy
December 14-16, 2009

Case Study of Voice Quality Differences in a Soprano Singing in Different Early Music Performance Styles

David M. Howard (1), Jude Brereton (1), Helena Daffern (2)

(1) Audio Lab, Department of Electronics, University of York, Heslington, York, UK
(2) Singer and researcher, London and York, UK

This paper considers the characteristics of three differing styles of singing early music, as characterized by Richard Bethell [1] of the National Early Music Association, UK. In particular, the sung outputs from a postgraduate soprano who was practiced in singing all three styles are analysed along with the output from an electrolaryngograph which provides data on cycle-bycycle fundamental variation as well as vocal fold contact area. The results are compared and contrasted with those from a group of early music and opera singers analysed previously.

Index Terms. singing, voice analysis, voice acoustics, electrolaryngography, closed quotient, opera, early music.

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Howard, David M. / Brereton, Jude / Daffern, Helena (2009): "Case study of voice quality differences in a soprano singing in different early music performance styles", In MAVEBA-2009, 175-178.