P. Karantonis, P. Verstraete

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores Cathy Berberian's radical articulations with the need to revise vocal performance history in terms of the concept of vocal writing-a mode of production often obscured by a male-dominated and logocentric way of understanding the musical and performance score. It investigates the gendered nature of the listening experience with Hannah Bosma's suggestion that vocality is a project at the behest of patriarchal cultural myths regarding a human subjectivity constructed through aurality. The book presents some of the more playful projects within Cathy Berberian's career that reveal the polyvalent nature of the voice-as creative instrument in art music, but one that intervened in modes of cultural reception. It showcases the most recent discourse used by artists to reflect upon their own vocality in response to the example set by Cathy Berberian.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCathy Berberian
Subtitle of host publicationPioneer of Contemporary Vocality
EditorsPamela Karantonis, Francesca Placanica, Pieter Verstraete
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315571072
ISBN (Print)9780367669294, 9781409469834
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cathy Berberian
  • opera
  • vocal pedagogy
  • feminism
  • opera studies
  • musicology
  • new vocality
  • anthology

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