The Benefit of Technology
I have recently reviewed a CD called Angelic Voices that features recordings of the voices of a variety of boy trebles, spanning from approximately 1964 to 1989. It made me think how lucky we are nowadays for being capable of preserving enormous quantities of beautiful voices, great music and books so easily via the digital media. Take the Kindle for example, how many books can one store in there? I don’t know but I have certainly lost count of how many are stored in mine, from novels to reference books like dictionaries or history.
If we had this kind of technology 250 years ago, for example, we would be able to listen today to the music of Mozart or Beethoven performed or conducted by the composers themselves. We could hear the voices of the specific singers for which Mozart wrote his operas or of the great castrati! Unfortunately, we cannot but at least paper and the written word had naturally already been invented by then, so we can reproduce the music and read accounts of the time to understand what it was like.
Interesting how the mind works and how I deviated from the subject of the CD Angelic Voices! It is actually one of those works that although not memorable, possesses great value from a historical and documenting perspective, as it showcases the voices of so many once talented children. Whether the boys whose lovely voices we hear in the CD made a big musical or singing career when they grew up is another matter. Although some of them did, many did not but this is an irrelevant fact. Important is really that the voices were truly beautiful (some more than others, naturally) and are a delight to listen to.