Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 4, March/April

A Conversation with Michael Feinstein Part II
IN HIS LOVELY SUITE IN BOSTON'S FAIRMONT COPLEY hotel, popular music performer Michael Feinstein and I continued our conversation . . .Leslie Holmes: You probably get tired of people saying your life reads like some kind of a fairy tale, or, I guess,...
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Acoustics: What We Need to Know about Our Environment
SINGING TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS perform in a variety of spaces. Some are acoustically excellent; in others, however, it is difficult for the intended listeners to hear the presenter. In such environments, the teacher, singer, or other presenter must...
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And Music Will Not End
ABBREVIATION KEY: Diff = difficulty level; V = voice; P = piano; E = easy; mE = moderately easy; M = medium; mD = moderately difficult; D = difficult; DD = very difficult; Tess = tessitura; LL = very low; L = low; mL = moderately low; M = medium; mH...
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Bel Canto Spectacular
Bel Canto Spectacular. Juan Diego Flórez, tenor; Anna Netrebko, Patrizia Ciofi, sopranos; Placido Domingo, tenor; Mariusz Kwiecien, baritone; Daniela Barcellona, mezzo soprano; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Daniel Oren, conductor. (Decca 478...
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Cells That Maintain Your Vocal Fold Tissues
WE ALL REMEMBER ENOUGH BIOLOGY from our high school or college days to know that cells are the carpenters of our body tissues. They make structural materials, deliver the material to specific locations, build or repair tissue fabric, remove waste products,...
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Do They Really Get It? Using the Kolb LSI to Reach Every Student
INTEREST IN LEARNING STYLES and their application in the classroom has skyrocketed in the past two decades. Both divergent and complementary theories abound. One concept describes visual, aural, or kinesthetic/tactile learners; another, the model of...
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"He's Gone Away"
"He's Gone Away" is one of the best known and most beautiful of Appalachian folk songs and is found in many different versions and arrangements. This arrangement by Alan Louis Smith has a flowing quality provided by the accompaniment that gives the song...
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Hungarian Vocal Music, with an Introduction to Hungarian Lyric Diction, Part 2
A BRIEF SKETCH OF opera, operetta, song, and choral literature in the Hungarian language was undertaken in Part 1 of this article (JOS 66, no. 3, January/February 2010). Rather than attempting to describe this vast repertory in any detail, the article...
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"Liebeslied-Lovesong"
This beautiful poem by the mystical poet Rilke speaks of the closeness of two souls that respond together "like a bow's stroke,/ That from two strings draws one voice" and wonder "across what instrument are we stretched?/ And what musician holds us in...
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Louis Graveure, 1888-1965
IN THE EARLY 1980s, I was invited by one of my Chicago colleagues, Anne De Pree Reisig, soprano, to Holland, Michigan to sing a Messiah performance at the Second Reformed Church. Her father, Stanley De Pree, member of a prominent pioneer family there...
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"Lullay, My Child"
This text from the fifteenth century was first published by Thomas Wright in Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847) in the form of English of that time. It has been modified and...
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Motor Learning Principles and Voice Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
THE PRINCIPLES OF MOTOR LEARNING have proven very useful in their applications to the teaching and learning of a variety of tasks requiring various types of coordinated physical movement. The successful combination of these coordinated physical movements...
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Music Theory for Voice Students
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A new student enter your studio for the first time only find out this person has no musical background whatsoever? Most of us who are in the business of teaching children do not expect them to know much about theory unless they also...
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Our Obligation to Students and the Profession
IN RECENT YEARS, IT HAS BEEN MY PRIVILEGE to travel the globe, presenting lectures on voice pedagogy, teaching master classes, and adjudicating competitions. The pace of these events has certainly accelerated during my time of service to NATS as president...
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Reminiscences and Ruminations
OBSERVANT READERS LIKELY will notice that the feature articles contained herein combine to render this a repertoire issue, in a rather broad application of the term. In a further expansion of the coincidence, it eventually occurred to me that all three...
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The Complete Collaborator. the Pianist as Partner
Martin Katz, The Complete Collaborator. The Pianist as Partner. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Cloth, xix, 283 pp., $24.95. ISBN 978-0-19-536795-9. www.oup.comIn the performance of art song, the role of the pianist is critical. In recent years,...
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The Silvered Lute: A Wang Wei Song Album
The Silvered Lute: A Wang Wei Song Album. Mei Zhong, soprano; James Helton, piano. (North Pacific Music 033; 50:18)Derek Healey: The Silvered Lute. "The Racine," "The Grove of Dark Bamboo," "Green Creek," "Green Willows," "Cold Mountain," "The Autumn...
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The Solo Songs of Gioachino Rossini
INTRODUCTIONALTHOUGH ROSSINI IS A WELL RESPECTED composer of opera, his song literature is to a large extent unknown, or, at best, underperformed. Some of Rossini's songs have still not been published; others are in early editions which are out of print;...
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The Voice Book. Caring for, Protecting and Improving Your Voice
Kate DeVore and Starr Cookman, The Voice Book. Caring for, Protecting and Improving Your Voice. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2009. Paper, xxii, 225 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-55652-829-3. www.chicagoreviewpress.comThe Voice Book is not, per se, a volume...
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Tips for Establishing a Song Festival in Your Community
THE CURRENT SONG OF AMERICA PROJECT collaboration between Thomas Hampson and the Library of Congress invites authences to reflect upon the impact of song in the United States over the last two hundred and fifty years. I recently attended one of the many...
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VIGNETTES: ELLIS ISLAND. A Song Cycle in Six Parts
This song cycle has an unusual story behind its composition. It is the brain-child of Paul Sigrist, Jr., Director of the Ellis Island Oral History Project, who conducted many interviews with persons who had immigrated to America through Ellis Island....
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Vocal Vibrance. the Complete Technique for Singers and Speakers
Suzanne Kale, Vocal Vibrance. The Complete Technique for Singers and Speakers. USA: Lulu.com, 2008. 240 pp., $21.00. ISBN 978-1-4357-0814-3. www.VocalVibrance.comThe goal of Suzanne Kale's book is to help singers attain the feeling that comes with "the...
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Walton's Façade and Its Descendants
WILLIAM WALTON'S (1902-1983) FAÇADE represents an amalgamation of avant garde and popular music styles of the 1910s and 1920s. It was originally conceived in late 1921 as "An Entertainment" for chamber ensemble and speaker.1 However, over the course...
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When "Proper" Is Dead Wrong: How Traditional Methods Fail Aspiring Artists
SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE THE CLASSICAL PARADIGM of perfect posture, pure vowels, and forward placement exists a vast universe of musicmaking singers. These artists pour their souls into each note, their voices shaking you, moving you to your very core. These...
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"Who Will Believe My Verse in Time to Come?"-Sonnets by William Shakespeare-Musical Settings by David Duvall
"Who Will Believe My Verse In Time To Come?"-Sonnets by William Shakespeare-Musical Settings by David Duvall. Anne Allgood, Julie Briskman, Eric Brotherson, Don Collins, Jason Collins, Connie Corrick, Ginger Culver, Allen Fitzpatrick, Hugh Hastings,...
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