HOWEVER hard your choirmaster tried, I suspect that, in one
aspect at least, your Ash Wednesday performance of the Allegri
Miserere was inauthentic: the top lines, surely, were not
sung by castrati.
This central phenomenon of late-Baroque music provided the
starting point for The Fantastical World of Hormones
with Dr John Wass (BBC4, Wednesday of last week). Why
should the removal of a boy's testes just before puberty, to ensure
that his singing voice ...
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