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Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922), known during his life as the 'Angel of Rome', is remembered today as the only castrato singer to have made recordings. Historically he was the last representative of the centuries-old tradition of castrating boy singers in order to preserve their high-pitched voices into adulthood - an act of cruelty which produced some of the greatest singers the world has ever known.
Behind the extraordinary sound of the voice of 'the last castrato' lies a strange and lonely life lived in the shadow of great events and great institutions, a personality glimpsed by inference and allusion. During his lifetime his singing was universally praised: the great tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi described Moreschi's voice as 'flutingly soft, light, spontaneous, unforced and uncontrived'. More recent critics have spoken of it as both 'fascinating' and 'one of the saddest things in the world'.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Publisher Haus Publishing
ISBN 1904341772 ISBN13 9781904341772
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More About Nicholas Clapton
In 2005, Nicholas Clapton became a Doctor of Liberal Arts summa cum laude at the Liszt Ferenc ZenemAvA(c)szeti Egyetem (Music Academy), where he is now a Visiting Professor.
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Moreschi: The Last Castrato Aug 31, 2005
Nicholas Clapton has done an masterful job in collecting career details on the last castrato, Alessandro Moreschi, handling this delicate subject matter with great panache. The background information and career details are thoroughly explored and many haunting photographs, notes, chronology and bibliography are included. The details of the private life of Moreschi are sadly lacking, but there were simply no avenues open for the author to explore here in light of the fact that his subject died on 21 April, 1922. Even without the personal details this book is an eerie, haunting read, affordably priced, artistically presented and a great investment for the musical connaisseur.
There are a number of books out there that deal with the castrati and at least one novel. The curious musician will now be able to find many answers and feel much closer than before to Alessandro Moreschi. Among the beautiful photos included are several in color taken by the author and others including a photo of Moreschi's tomb. "Moreschi: The Last Castrato" is indeed a book that will not be forgotten anytime soon.