Barbershop & Baritones
Dr David Wright gave a keynote address entitled The Future History of Barbershop at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Mid-Winter Convention in New Orleans in January 2015. In it he identifies what he considers the key features of barbershop harmony of barbershop music. The slide he uses (and has used for years) says this:
Characterizing Features of Barbershop Harmony:With item number 2 he talks about the barbershop voice parts, especially the baritone part.
The melody is in the second tenor. There's a first tenor above, bass filling in on solid chord tones, and baritones filling in what is left. I have seen many kinds of music, vocal and instrumental, and I have never seen anything in music like the barbershop baritone part. There is nothing that abandons normal voice leading like barbershop baritone. I see that in no other kind of music. That alone identifies barbershop uniquely. By itself. You don't have to go any further than that.
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