The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1694 Wednesday, 6 September 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 05 Sep 2000 04:45:04 -0700
Subject: 11.1692 Re: Women's Roles
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1692 Re: Women's Roles
>Perhaps I could add a different perspective: musicologists are still
>arguing about the age at which boys voices broke in previous centuries. <snip>
The present consensus among
>musicologists is that choirboys' voices didn't break until as late as 16
>or 17, as late as the eighteenth century, so that they would have had
>plenty of time to gain the necessary experience and maturity. The same
>arguments would apply to the boy actors.
It's my understanding that Johannes Brahms's voice didn't break until he
was about 24--a bit late, but not unheard of.
Melissa D. Aaron
California Polytechnic State University at Pomona