By Joshua S Duchan
Collegiate a cappella, a part of an extended culture of unaccompanied making a song, is understood to this point again on American collage campuses to at the very least the colonial period. thought of within the context of school glee golf equipment, barbershop quartets, early-twentieth-century vocal pop teams, doo-wop teams, and modern a cappella manifestations in pop song, collegiate a cappella is an extension of a really outdated culture of shut concord singing---one that comes with but in addition is going past the founding of the Yale Whiffenpoofs. but regardless of this significant heritage, collegiate a cappella has before by no means been the topic of scholarly examination.
In Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social global of Collegiate A Cappella, Joshua S. Duchan deals the 1st thorough accounting of the music's heritage and unearths how the serious problems with sociability, gender, functionality, and know-how impact its tune and event. simply as importantly, Duchan offers a necessary contribution to track scholarship extra widely, in numerous vital methods: through increasing the small physique of literature on choruses and novice track; by way of addressing musical and social strategies in a box the place nearly all of scholarship specializes in contributors and their items; and by way of highlighting a musical context lengthy missed by means of musicologists---the university campus. eventually, Powerful Voices is a window on a global of beginner song that has all started to extend its succeed in the world over, wearing this uniquely American musical shape to new international audiences, whereas taking part in a huge position within the social, cultural, and musical schooling of numerous singers over the past century.
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In each, the melody skips downward from the ‹fth scale degree to the third, then from the ‹fth down stepwise to the fourth. ) Moreover, both phrases move from tonic to dominant harmonies. ” The “Whiffenpoof Song” remains today the cornerstone of the Whiffenpoof repertory, still sung at every performance. 32 powerful voices The Stylistic Evolution of the Whiffenpoofs In the years surrounding World War II, close harmony singing at Yale saw signi‹cant stylistic changes. Bartholomew observed: Even the traditional barbershop has long since given way to a more sophisticated kind of informal singing—we might call it educated barbershop—with any number from eight to twelve taking the place of the original four.
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15 Thus, the term carries implications that apply to the gentlemen-songsters, who enjoyed a certain privileged status but had to work their way up the class ranks to achieve it. The story of the “Whiffenpoof Song” is clouded and mercurial. “Gentlemen-Rankers” was in the air before the Whiffenpoofs adopted it. College students around the turn of the twentieth century studied English poetry as part of their curriculum, so Yale students were likely familiar with the poem. But there are con›icting accounts of Yale singers’ encounters with it.
Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate A Cappella by Joshua S Duchan