Camb Companion to Singing: Cambridge Companions to Music

Camb Companion to Singing: Cambridge Companions to Music

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John Potter
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 8/21/2008
EAN 9780521627092, ISBN10: 0521627095

Paperback, 300 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

Ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond, this book covers in detail the many aspects of the voice. The volume is divided into four broad areas. Popular Traditions begins with an overview of singing traditions in world music and continues with aspects of rock, rap and jazz. The Voice in the Theatre includes both opera singing from the beginnings to the present day and twentieth-century stage and screen entertainers. Choral Music and Song features a history of the art song, essential hints on singing in a larger choir, the English cathedral tradition and a history of the choral movement in the United States. The final substantial section on performance practices ranges from the voice in the Middle Ages and the interpretation of early singing treatises to contemporary vocal techniques, ensemble singing, the teaching of singing, children's choirs, and a comprehensive exposition of vocal acoustics.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
1. Introduction
singing at the turn of the century John Potter
Part I. Popular Traditions
2. 'Songlines'
vocal traditions in world music John Schaefer
3. Rock singing Richard Middleton
4. The evolving language of rap David Toop
5. Jazz singing
the first hundred years John Potter
Part II. The Voice in the Theatre
6. Stage and screen entertainers in the twentieth century Stephen Banfield
7. Song into theatre
the beginnings of opera John Rosselli
8. Grand opera
nineteenth-century revolution and twentieth-century tradition John Rosselli
Part III. Choral Music and Song
9. European art song Stephen Varcoe
10. English cathedral choirs in the twentieth century Timothy Day
11. Sacred choral music in the United States
an overview Neely Bruce
Part IV. Performance Practices
12. Some notes on choral singing Heikki Liimola
13. Ensemble singing John Potter
14. The voice in the Middle Ages Joseph Dyer
15. Reconstructing pre-Romantic singing technique Richard Wistreich
16. Alternative voices
contemporary vocal techniques Linda Hirst and David Wright
17. The teaching (and learning) of singing David Mason
18. Children's singing Felicity Laurence
19. Where does the sound come from? Johan Sundberg
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'... the volume is full of valuable knowledge, transmitted with warmth and enthusiasm, by theorists and practitioners alike.' Times Literary Supplement