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Intonation in Singing
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH. University College of Music Education Stockholm.
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Singing / [ed] G Welch, DM Howard, J Nix, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 1, p. 281-296Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Intonation is an important aspect of sung performances. This chapter presents someinvestigations of vocal ensemble and solo singing. The magnitude of the standarddeviation of f0 (SDF0) in a choral section of a high-quality choir is discussed, as areintonation effects of common partials, the presence of high-frequency partials, andvibrato-free tone production, which all tend to reduce SDF0, i.e., to facilitate intonation.Other topics include accuracy, expressivity, and the role of equally tempered tuning ofaccompanying instruments. Reaction time for f0 correction of intonation errors is slow,suggesting that copying the pitch from fellow singers in an ensemble is not a usefulstrategy. The f0 pattern used in legato performances of sequences of short notes isdescribed as well as solo singers’ intonation strategies in different musical and emotionalcontexts. Likewise, professional music listeners’ tolerance to intonation inaccuracy seemsto vary depending on context.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 1. p. 281-296
Keywords [en]
vibrato, solo singing, ensemble singing, common partials, accuracy, expressivity, reaction time, equally tempered tuning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259540ISBN: 978-0-19-966077-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-259540DiVA, id: diva2:1351985
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Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-11-26Bibliographically approved

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