Vocal ranges in ttbb arrangements and compositions

I am a great fan of a cappella. I am a fan of TTBB arrangements. I am a fan of lower-than-usual bass notes and higher-than-usual Tenor-I notes. I think most arrangers and composers (as well as this notation service) have a false notion of the low range of some basses...same with the high ranges for tenors. I belonged to a chorus here in Ft. Lauderdale that often had the Tenor-I go up to a high C or D (occasionally higher, when of course only one voice that high is needed)...they complained of course, but they did it. I think much of it is psychological and voice placement. I also enjoy disonance-to-resolution (or no resolution when I feel it is warranted). It is my viewpoint that I am the only one who needs to like my finished works, but of course I am thrilled when someone from deep in Mexico or in Thailand or in the frozen tundra of Newfoundland buy my sheet music.
Don in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

a year ago
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