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14-year old tenor Tony Soto sings "Be My Love"Tony Soto at a Sunday Soiree Concert held in the City of San Diego CA. on June 27,2010. He was accompained by the renowned pianist John Danke. In December of 2009, he joined the San Diego Youth Opera, and had the opportunity to take vocal lessons with the acclaimed Maestro, Pandeli Lazaridi, which invited him to perform at his concerts.Even though Tony is only fourteen years old, he receives excellent reviews by the critics, who say his voice promises to have a resounding presence on the music world of the 21st century.
Sadly most people do not consider these qualities when discussing a voice, instead focusing on range or power. Yet it is these two qualities that make a voice expressive and beautiful. The most powerful and versatile voice is nothing when lacking in legato and timbre, being totally displeasing to the ear. And yet limited voices become heart rendering when endowed with such gifts.
Now, some may think me a fool for showcasing these two particular voices to make this point, being they are from such different genres. However, my years of studying great voices in the entire spectrum of music has led me to believe there are none better. I present legendary Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, and revered folk and spiritual bass singer, Paul Robeson.
For those who would like a short musical lesson to know what I am talking about, continue reading:) For the already wise, simply listen and enjoy:)
In music, timbre is the quality of a musical note or sound that distinguishes different types of sound production, such as voices or musical instruments. The physical characteristics of sound that mediate the perception of timbre include spectrum and envelope. Timbre is also known in psychoacoustics as sound quality or sound color.
For example, timbre is what, with a little practice, people use to distinguish the saxophone from the trumpet in a jazz group, even if both instruments are playing notes at the same pitch and amplitude. Timbre has been called "a wastebasket category", or "the psychoacoustician's multidimensional wastebasket category" as it can denote many apparently unrelated aspects of a sound.
In musical notation the Italian word legato (literally meaning "tied together") indicates that musical notes are played or sung smoothly. That is, in transitioning from note to note, there should be no intervening silence. Legato technique is required for slurred performance, but unlike slurring (as that term is interpreted for some instruments), legato does not forbid rearticulation. In standard notation legato is indicated either with the word legato itself, or by a curved line over or under the notes that are to be joined in one legato group. Legato, like staccato, is a kind of articulation. There is an intermediate articulation called either mezzo staccato or non-legato.