The emotional and social dimensions in singing Canto a Tenore

A tenore singing have usually a strong emotional impact on the singers themselves. To sing in public may imply – depending also on the experience of the singers - excitement and/or anxiety. This may brings about variation in the musical time and absolute pitch of the song. While is singing in an informal situation a singer may express the pride of his own ability and to be the herald of his village, the satisfaction of being able to get a good command of the singing and a good accord with the fellows.

As to the social dimension, based on singers’ statements, it appears that they are not happy / able to sing together with other people which they do not appreciate, and often they exclude at all to do this. In some cases the a tenore singing entails an intergenerational contact. However, as far as professional groups are concerned, belonging to the same (or close) age class is more frequent. When a singer is older than the others, this is usually the boghe.The physical contact seem to be very important as it expresses not only the familiarity with the fellows, increasing the ease of the singers, but it helps to better hear what the other singers are doing and to get in accord properly. To this aim, eye contact and meaningful gazes are also crucial.

Figure 1: Group of singers where the 'sa boghe' is older than the other members