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Fifty years ago, one could safely assume that composers who wrote for voice were imagining the classically trained version heard in opera houses and song recitals.
That assumption is no longer safe. While many composers continue to write for classically trained voices, many others prefer to write for voice types that reflect our amplified era. Some of these voices are trained in non-classical techniques, and some are simply untrained.
Composers: when you write vocal music, what kind of voices do you imagine? Do you hear classically trained voices, or pop voices, or something else? What do you like or dislike about different vocal styles? What do you want most from a singer? What bothers you most in sung music?
posted by Lawrence Dillon