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How to Search the Belt Book

In selecting criteria, you need to think both logically and historically. For example, for females, pre-1965, there are no low and no mid-Tessitura power ballads that are belt for any type. Why? Think!
• Stylistically, power ballads are particular to contemporary music. So are belted ballads of any kind.
• Ballads usually will fall into a belt-mix, as the intentions are gentler.
• A Low Tessitura song would likely not have enough “oomph” in pitch to make it “power” anything.

Type matters. For example, Anyone Can Whistle’s “There Won’t Be Trumpets” is written for a leading lady. Ingénues didn’t really belt pre-1965. Unless you consider Annie in Annie Get Your Gun an ingénue.

Which brings me to my next point. When I began categorizing data for the Belt Book, I was being a purist about type. Who originated the role and the character’s place in the context of the musical were what I used to define type. I am aware that some of that is a judgment call, and that the difference between an ingénue and a young lead can be about the casting decisions for a particular production. I am in the process of adding additional codifications (as they relate to type), so you should see more data populating particular searches. Today, there are about 100 additional classifications of particular songs.

If you don’t find what you are looking for, widen the search by selecting less one criteria: Usually I’d start with eliminating the “belt/belt mix” category, followed by either era or tessitura (if you are a high belter).

If you have questions about how I am codifying data, please go to the page:

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