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Castrato (It.)locked

  • John Rosselli

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A type of high-voiced male singer, brought about by castrating young boys with promising voices before they reached puberty. It was central to both church music and opera, in countries under Italian influence, throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and disappeared from Vatican church music only as late as ...

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