The Castrato Sacrifice: Was it Justified?

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One of the greatest mysteries in the history of music is the castrato singers of the Baroque era. Castration has existed for many thousands of years, but for the first time in history, it was used for artistic purposes. Who were these men who seemingly gave up their masculinity for the sake of music? By examining the time period and circumstances in which these musicians lived, an answer may be found. Exploring the economic, social, and political structure of the 17th and 18th centuries may reveal the mindset behind such a strange yet accepted practice. The in-depth study of their lives and careers will help lift the veil of mystery that surrounds them. Was their physical sacrifice a blessing or a curse? Was it worth it?

Creator(s): Sowle, Jennifer
Creation Date: August 2006
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2006
  • Digitized: April 2, 2008
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One of the greatest mysteries in the history of music is the castrato singers of the Baroque era. Castration has existed for many thousands of years, but for the first time in history, it was used for artistic purposes. Who were these men who seemingly gave up their masculinity for the sake of music? By examining the time period and circumstances in which these musicians lived, an answer may be found. Exploring the economic, social, and political structure of the 17th and 18th centuries may reveal the mindset behind such a strange yet accepted practice. The in-depth study of their lives and careers will help lift the veil of mystery that surrounds them. Was their physical sacrifice a blessing or a curse? Was it worth it?

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Level: Master's
Discipline: Music
Department: College of Music
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Keyword(s): castrato | Balatri | Farinelli | sacrifice
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 143975479 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc5343
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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License: Copyright
Holder: Sowle, Jennifer
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