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Dear Clare

Is it possible to find the Longest Duration Solo and Duet Category Song Recorded till date ?.

Longest Duration - Non Stop Song sung as a example 1/2 an hour, 45 minutes in Solo and Duet Categories.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Hello Prashant, and thanks for being patient.

I'm sorry but I don't entirely understand the question - are you asking me for the longest song ever recorded?  In which genre of music?  I only know about Western art music, so if you want me to compare it with Indian music I'm afraid I can't help.    

I can tell you that the average (Western) art song is around 3-5 minutes.  If you're including opera that's a different matter as some scenes require continuous singing - the "Liebestod" from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde lasts about 8-9 minutes, Zerbinetta's aria "Großmächtige Prinzessin" from Strauß' Ariadne auf Naxos lasts about 11-13 minutes, the  Mad Scene from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammamoor lasts about 10-15 minutes although I see from Youtube that Natalie Dessay's Met production in 2007 managed to spin it out to 21 minutes.  And that's just the sopranos.  Duets are about the same - the first scene of Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel is a duet between the two main characters (9-11 minutes), the scene from Verdi's Don Carlos between the Don and the Grand Inquisitor lasts about 10 minutes, and I can't think of any more at the moment.  

But I certainly can't think of any arias where someone is singing uninterrupted for half an hour.

Hope this helps a bit.  

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Clare Redfarn


All aspects of the academic/theoretical side of music, including harmony, counterpoint, elementary composition, history, harmonic analysis, aural training, sightreading - the lot! Please note I'm not primarily a composer so I can't help with composition beyond what's required for Grade 8 theory or A'level. And don't ask me about psychoacoustics or music psychology as I have no knowledge of, nor interest in, either subject.


58 years as pianist (soloist and accompanist); 43 years as harpsichordist (soloist and continuist); 10 years as violinist and 6 years as bassoonist (youth orchestras/chamber groups); 46 years as piano teacher, coach in performance/interpretation (all ages, instruments and levels) and private tutor (mainly the old O'level, Grade VI+ ABRSM theory/practical musicianship, A'level and undergraduates); 21 years as ballet pianist (Cecchetti syllabus).

Member of Musicians' Union in Britain 1978-1989 and 1991-2009.

I've been writing professionally since I was 20 - too many programme notes to count over the years and a number of articles. Additionally, from 1996-2000 I was a Music Assessor for London Arts and as such regularly wrote critiques of concerts given by recipients of Arts Council funding.

MA in European Cultural Policy & Administration (Warwick University, 1994)
B Mus with Honours (London University, 1977)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration (City University, 1982)
Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music in Piano Teaching (1976)
Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music in Harpsichord Teaching (1978)

Studied RAM Junior School (1966-74), then as full-time student (1974-78).

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