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The Don S. McClure Show - A look inside the Voice of The Castrati

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The Don S. McClure Show - A detail look inside the makings of the Castrati,

Who were these masters of Voice and Music.

They were known as the ( CASTRATI )

A look inside the male dominated use of Voice and Music.

St. Paul had written that women should be silent in church (mulier taceat in ecclesia)    so they could not be used in choirs.

Since women were banned from the stage in many locations, castrati also formed a function in early opera. Even when women were allowed, the public preferred the sound of the high male voice.  Falsettists were sometimes employed, but the overall effect of their voices was artificial.

The Castrati were the answer and, for over two hundred years, they ruled the musical world.

Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) preferred their voices over women and proclaimed: "The creation of castrati for church choirs was to be held ad honorem Dei ( to the honor of God).

For the most part, they started as small boys from impoverished families who had been discovered to have beautiful voices.

The practice of castration to preserve the high voice of a boy is shrouded in mystery. 

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