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The Stirring Mystery of the Male Falsetto

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

Every boy soprano knows that adolescence is bearing down on him, coarsening the larynx, turning vocal cords into unwieldy bits of gristle and tearing that delicate silvery sound into a cacophony of squawks. At the same age that pianists, drummers and French horn players start to get serious, male singers have to take a sabbatical from their training. Most of them never come back. Some wait until their voices have stabilized, but by then they… more »