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^^ The highest actual male note in the song (A4) is often done in a falsetto or other higher voice mix, even by well-trained tenors. But a lot of the song, particularly it's high Gs, is meant to be sung with a very effortless, above the staff, tessitura.

In other words, it'd be odd to hear a performer sing the following line as such: (regular type indicates standard tone, italics indicate falsetto)

Maybe I'm brainless, maybe I'm wise.

or

And every moment, as long as you're mine.


Unless the guy's falsetto is really strong and not starkly different than his chest voice in terms of tone, I just don't think it would work.

Now, we must also bear in mind the perspective some pedagogues have nowadays that all baritones should be able to sing this song, in its original key perfectly. But all baritones certainly cannot...


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Vichysois wrote:
Now, we must also bear in mind the perspective some pedaqogues have nowadays that all baritones should be able to sing this song, in its orginal key perfectly. But all baritones certainly cannot...


Absolutely. Oh, the woes of living in a tenor-centric theatrical world. I'm a bass, so it's even worse for me!

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ActingDude17 wrote:
Vichysois wrote:
Now, we must also bear in mind the perspective some pedaqogues have nowadays that all baritones should be able to sing this song, in its orginal key perfectly. But all baritones certainly cannot...


Absolutely. Oh, the woes of living in a tenor-centric theatrical world. I'm a bass, so it's even worse for me!


A-freakin-men.

Do you get all the weird looks when you ask for your music to be transposed?

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ActingDude17 wrote:
Oh, the woes of living in a tenor-centric theatrical world!


Yup. And when you speak to a tenor about it, he says, "Well, yeah. That's how it should be. Leading men are tenors." :evil:


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We should start a group: Non-Tenors United Against Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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"As Long As You're Mine" is a different story. It was one of the composer's trunk songs, so he just shoehorned it into the story without changing much.

And, boy, is it obvious that this is the case. The song sticks out like a sore thumb stylistically, even in a score that relies in a major way on eclecticism for its efficacy. It sounds so obviously like it was written in the 1970s, not like music that emanates from a fantastical country known as Oz. Let's not even get into lyrics, which are half-baked and perhaps - at best - only en route to a being the foundation of a halfway decent song.

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