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Leipzig’s St. Thomas Boys Choir copes with voices deepening at a younger age
Washington Post ^ | 4-7-12 | Michael Birnbaum

Posted on 04/09/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

LEIPZIG, Germany — For 800 years, the St. Thomas Boys Choir has been filling churches with pure, young voices. Now it’s confronting a confounding phenomenon: Every year, those voices are cracking with teenage angst just a little earlier than before.

Other boys choirs have been noticing it, too, as an unrelenting march of puberty sweeps voices into rebellion. Over recent decades, the already-short careers of their sopranos have started to end between six months and a year earlier, challenging them at times such as Easter, for which choral music such as J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion was written with difficult lines for boys free of hormonal woes.

At the venerable St. Thomas Boys Choir, where Bach once drilled pupils in their scales, leaders have redoubled recruitment efforts and taken in boys at a younger age to make sure the choir has a full stock of voices ranging from the deepest bass to the most clarion-pure soprano. Children whose voices are deepening wait out the change by working the ticket booth.

The cause of the shift remains unclear. But some choir leaders say it is having a subtle effect on their music, and it’s not just that they have to buy more acne medication. The younger the boy, the less life experience and maturity underpins the complex emotions in what they sing, even if they’re more willing to study their scores instead of pining about romance.

“We have only a short time, from age 9 until 12, to squeeze in all the musical training for the boys,” said Stefan Altner, manager of the St. Thomas Boys Choir and once one of its singers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: bach; boychoir; boys; hormones; males; music; puberty; teens

1 posted on 04/09/2012 12:03:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: sitetest

2 posted on 04/09/2012 12:04:18 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Perhaps this is God’s way of giving moms a replacement ‘man of the house’ when daddy runs off with another woman!


3 posted on 04/09/2012 12:05:15 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Back in the olden days they had a way of taking care of that...snip..snip...(cringes)...


4 posted on 04/09/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT by apillar
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To: sitetest

I meant to say “classical music ping”.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 12:05:43 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: apillar

LOL!


6 posted on 04/09/2012 12:06:46 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Those Europeans will think of something. They always do.

7 posted on 04/09/2012 12:07:08 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Cut that out.


8 posted on 04/09/2012 12:12:25 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Stop molesting the kids and their voices will last.


9 posted on 04/09/2012 12:14:50 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs; apillar; ClearCase_guy

This is a music thread!


10 posted on 04/09/2012 12:20:22 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

11 posted on 04/09/2012 12:20:46 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Lazamataz

See #10


12 posted on 04/09/2012 12:21:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: fso301

I now understand my daughter’s (the music teacher) frustration when dealing with adolescent males!


13 posted on 04/09/2012 12:23:01 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Must be something in the milk!


14 posted on 04/09/2012 12:28:37 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

‘But, but, Mr. Limbaugh ...’


15 posted on 04/09/2012 12:52:21 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m surprised no one has put two and two together: Global Warming.


16 posted on 04/09/2012 12:54:22 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Precisely. Which ia why we need to discuss Pedobear.

About

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17 posted on 04/09/2012 12:56:13 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s what vitamins and good nutrition will do for you!


18 posted on 04/09/2012 12:58:39 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Kids are indisputably fatter these days.

Fat is a precursor of hormones, therefore fatter kids reach puberty faster.

The truth behind early puberty

19 posted on 04/09/2012 12:58:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Other boys choirs have been noticing it, too, as an unrelenting march of puberty sweeps voices into rebellion.

Couldn't have anything to do with an overly sexualized media culture and easy access to internet porn could it???
20 posted on 04/09/2012 1:00:29 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; ...

Dear afraidfortherepublic,

Thanks for the ping!

Classical Music Ping List ping!

If you want on or off this list, let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks,

sitetest


21 posted on 04/09/2012 1:08:01 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The cause of the shift remains unclear.

Little league pitchers are limited in the number of times they can pitch in a week and the number of pitches they can throw in any particlar game. That's to protect their fragile arms.

I suspect the voice boxes of these children are being overused and stressed beyond the natural ability of these kids to "grow into" their deeper voices as they age......

22 posted on 04/09/2012 1:20:05 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: afraidfortherepublic

23 posted on 04/09/2012 1:28:45 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: Lazamataz

Is Pedobear for or against Pedobaptism?


24 posted on 04/09/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I was thinking the same thing.


25 posted on 04/09/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: sitetest

I am a voice teacher, and I enjoy teaching ALL ages to sing.When a boy knows good technique and theory, and knows HOW to sing, puberty is not so traumatic. Once the new voice “settles in”, the boy is already educated as to how to use it.

However, the repertoire spoken of here is a completely different matter. My students all want to be Rock Stars! LOL!


26 posted on 04/09/2012 5:59:11 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Haydn worked as a singer in Vienna in his teen years. Apparently those in charge did not feed him well. When he was about 17, the empress complained about his singing, and he was dismissed.

However, he received musical training there, and if he had stayed, he might not have developed his abilities. In some cases, necessity is the mother of musical invention (Not comparing Haydn to that musical group though).


27 posted on 04/09/2012 6:09:16 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If the choir director shows up with a sharp knife, RUN!


28 posted on 04/09/2012 10:06:41 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“global warmimg”

You beat me to it.


29 posted on 04/09/2012 10:12:59 PM PDT by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: apillar

For anyone wanting to hear a castrato in action, here ya go:

http://archive.org/details/AlessandroMoreschi


30 posted on 04/09/2012 10:23:02 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: decal; sitetest; left that other site
One of the thrills of my adult life was hosting 2 members of the Land of Lakes Choir Boys on one of their tours a few years ago. They performed at our church, and 2 choir members spent the night at my house. LOLCB is a terrific program, and the young men were gracious and delightful guests. The CDs I purchased are still some of my favorite recordings.

Land of Lakes Choir


31 posted on 04/10/2012 1:19:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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