The human voice as a biological musical instrument

  • I. R. Titze
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Abstract

Some form of singing exists in all cultures. Primitive vocalizations in ancient times were probably composed of sighs, cries, grunts, and howls, but even these vocal utterances may have included some variations ascribed to the artistry of the performer. The human voice is therefore one of the most important musical instruments to discuss, both from a historical and cultural standpoint.

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