WENTY+ YEARS AGO at the conservatory, we had to study early examples of “monody.” Everyone has favorite genres of music. Let’s just say monody (basically early opera) is not one of my favorite genres. In some of the early recordings, the singers would use a technique that sounded like a machine gun. This technique was—without question—the wildest thing I ever heard. I’m talking about repeated notes on the same pitch. It sounded similar to this (below), except much more pronounced:
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