HOWEVER hard your choirmaster tried, I suspect that, in oneaspect at least, your Ash Wednesday performance of the AllegriMiserere was inauthentic: the top lines, surely, were notsung by castrati.
This central phenomenon of late-Baroque music provided thestarting point for The Fantastical World of Hormoneswith Dr John Wass (BBC4, Wednesday of last week). Whyshould the removal of a boy's testes just before puberty, to ensurethat his singing voice never broke, ...
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