The Fach System
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#1 Feb 6, 2008
I am a college student writing a paper about the fach system. I wanted to add infomation about the history of the fach system... However, I have had no luck find ANYTHING about how it orginated... Does anyone have any ideas that could point me the the right direction?
#2 Apr 23, 2012
did you find anything on the history? if you did, could you pls point me in the right direction.
#3 Dec 9, 2013
I am actually working on a master's thesis that partially covers the topic. Mostly what you get is that the system generally started in the middle of the 19th century. Now, the fach system didn't just come together one day, it was most definitely a process of hindsight. The Germans love to organize things and who wouldn't want to do the same to the voice. There are also different versions of the fach system including: German, European, and American. These are the big three. There are a few articles and books that cover these different systems.
"The Opera Singer's Career Guide: Understanding the European Fach System",
by Pearl Yeadon McGinnis
"What the Fach? A beginner's guide to the German Fach system"
by Tiana Malone
Both of the sources talk a little about the history, not much, but a little. The fach system history isn't a very researched topic. There is a lot of research that goes into finding just a little bit of information about this topic.
Feel free to add some more sources on the history. Hope this helps.
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