Vocal Music: Singing

Vocal music is a genre of music performed by one or more singers, with or without instrumental accompaniment, in which singing (i.e. vocal performance) provides the main focus of the piece.[1] Music which employs singing but does not feature it prominently is generally considered instrumental music (e.g. the wordless women’s choir in the final movement of Holst‘s The Planets) as is music without singing. Music without any non-vocal instrumental accompaniment is referred to as a cappella.

Vocal music typically features sung words called lyrics, although there are notable examples of vocal music that are performed using non-linguistic syllables, sounds, or noises, sometimes as musical onomatopoeia. A short piece of vocal music with lyrics is broadly termed a song.

Vocal music is probably the oldest form of music, since it does not require any instrument besides the human voice. All musical cultures have some form of vocal music.

  • Coloratura Soprano
    • Soprano Acuto Sfogato
    • Lyric Coloratura Soprano
    • Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
  • Soprano Leggero

Soprano Sfagato
Lyric Soprano
Spinto Soprano
Dramatic Soprano
Wagnerian Soprano
Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano
Lyric Mezzo-Soprano
Dramatic Mezz-Soprano
Lyric Contralto
Dramatic Contralto

Treble or Pre-pubesant Sopranos

Leggero Tenor
Lyric Tenor
Spinto Tenor
Dramatic Tenor
Helden Tenor
Lyric Baritone
Dramatic Baritone / Verdi Baritone
Lyric Bass-Baritone
Dramatic Bass-Baritone
Lyric Bass / Basso Cantabile
Dramatic Bass / Verdi Bass
Lyric Basso Profundo
Dramatic Basso Profundo

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