Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 5, May/June

15 Selected Songs
BRAHMS, JOHANNES (1833-1897). 15 SELECTED SONGS with 2 CDs of accompaniments and diction lessons, high and low voice volumes. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008. CONTENTS: "Botschaft," "Dein blaues Auge," "Die Mainacht," "Feldeinsamkeit," "Immer leiser wird...
28 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
28 ITALIAN SONGS AND ARIAS OF THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES. Based on the Editions by Alessandro Parisotti, with 2 CDs of recorded diction lessons and piano accompaniments, medium high and medium low voice volumes. G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP),...
A Conversation with Dawn Upshaw
SURROUNDED by a delicious brunch in Dawn Upshaw's beautiful suite, she and I had the following conversation, at the beginning of which Dawn tried to teach me the correct pronunciation of Nashville, where we were, and where she was born . . .Leslie Holmes:...
A Performer's Guide to the Sacred Solo Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach
INTRODUCTIONITALIAN AND GERMAN BAROQUE solo cantatas occupy a significant portion of the literature from that period, but one that finds an undeservedly infrequent pedagogic use.1 Choosing a sacred solo cantata for specific voices and instruments from...
Chiari Malformation: What Singers Should Know
[This article has been reviewed for medical accuracy and edited by Robert T. Sataloff, MD.]INTRODUCTIONVOICE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ALIKE know that voice training f is not easy-it takes patience, dedication, and commitment, and every singer tends to have...
Classic American Love Songs
Classic American Love Songs. Carole Farley, soprano; John Constable, piano. (Naxos 8.559314; 66:11)Arlen: "What's Good About Goodbye?" "Last Night When We Were Young," "When The Sun Comes Out," "It Was Written In The Stars," "Right as the Rain," "I Had...
COLLECTED SONGS. 44 Songs Including 7 Cycles or Sets/COLLECTED SONGS. 54 Songs Including 8 Cycles or Sets
FINZI, GERALD (1901-1956). COLLECTED SONGS. 44 Songs including 7 Cycles or Sets. High Voice. Boosey & Hawkes, 2008 (Hal Leonard). CONTENTS: I Said to Love (6 songs), Let Us Garlands Bring (5 songs), Music for "Love's Labour's Lost" (3 songs), Oh...
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Autumn Journey-A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Autumn Journey-A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Hartmut Höll, piano. (Kultur D4207; 188:00)Schubert: "An Schwager Kronos," "Hoffnung," "Auf der Donau," "Der Strom," "Der Wanderer," "Die Götter...
Forks in the Road
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth . . ."The Road Not Taken," v. 1ROBERT FROST (1874-1963)WITH THIS ISSUE, another...
Hollywooder Liederbuch (Hollywood Songbook)
EISLER, HANNS (1898-1962). HOLLYWOODER LIEDERBUCH (HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK). Deutscher Verlag für Musik-Leipzig, 2008 (Breitkopf & Härtel).The music of Hanns Eisler must be understood in the context of both the political and the musical circumstances...
How Are Harmonics Produced at the Voice Source?
IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT a spectrum of harmonic frequencies is associated with every vowel and that this spectrum also defines the overall timbre of the voice. The strength of each harmonic can be measured by conducting routine spectrography on the acoustic...
Letters to the Editor
Hello Dick,I JUST RECEIVED MY JAN/FEB ISSUE in the mail today, and I must applaud your sentiments about fragmented attention spans and the influence of TV and the Net. Those of us old enough to have experienced something quite different appreciate this....
LIEDER AUS DEM NACHLASS (Posthumous Songs) (Joseph Von Eichendorff) Für Singstimme Und Klavier
KORNGOLD, ERICH WOLFGANG (1897-1957). LIEDER AUS DEM NACHLASS (Posthumous Songs) (Joseph von Eichendorff) für Singstimme und Klavier. Edition Schott, 2006 (Hal Leonard). Traditional keys; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: M, CR; regular...
Mapping the Structures of Resonance
MAPPING THE STRUCTURES OF RESONANCEWHAT IS BODY MAPPING? Is it about anatomy? Physiology? Body awareness? The answer to all of these questions is "Yes." Body Mapping helps people discover and correct misconceptions about the way their bodies are built...
Music by Women: An Intentional Choice
THE ARTICLE YOU ARE READING was written as 2008 drew to a close, long before its publication date. Like many NATS colleagues, this writer had a stack of reading materials that was being devoured before a new school term would begin in January. On top...
Never Sang for Hitler: The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann
Michael H. Kater, Never Sang for Hitler The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cloth, xv, 394 pp., $35.00. ISBN 978-0-521-87392-5 www.cambridge.orgLotte Lehmann (1888-1976) ranks among the best known singers...
Performance Styles and Musical Characteristics of Black Gospel Music
FOR TEACHERS OF SINGING effectively to train and nurture the gospel music singer, teachers not only must understand voice production as it relates generally to Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) pedagogy and repertoire, but they also must understand...
Repertoire Selection for the Ten Percent
[Associate Editor's note: In writing this article I was compelled to remember the comments made by an audience member in the Journal of Singing Open Forum at the NATS Conference in Nashville in June 2008. This reader suggested that it would be wonderful...
Resonance in Singing: Voice Building through Acoustic Feedback
Donald Gray Miller, Resonance in Singing: Voice Building through Acoustic Feedback. Princeton, NJ: Inside View Press, 2008. Paper, viii, 130 pp., $70.00 plus $7.50 shipping and handling. ISBN 978-0-9755307-5-7 www.VoiceInsideView.comIn 1996, Donald Gray...
Singer Training Forum Identifies Issues and Seeks Solutions
"WHY CAN'T THEY provide better training?"1 This is an often heard question of opera professionals who are concerned about the quality of collegiate level opera and voice programs. Persons responsible for hiring emerging artists find that these young...
Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer's Guide to English Diction
Kathryn LaBouff, Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer's Guide to English Diction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Paper, xviii, 326 pp., $29.95. ISBN 978-0-19-531139-6 www.oup.comThe ultimate goal of lyric diction study, writes Kathryn...
Stockhausen's Method of Singing
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE is the third in a series of excerpts from Julius Stockhausen's A Method of Singing. Stockhausen issued what seems to be a condensed version of his book (published in 1884) serially in Edgar S. Werner's The Voice, a journal published...
Text Rendering in Eighteenth Century Recitativo Secco
IN MARCH 1771, MOZART RECEIVED a contract to compose a dramma per musica for the Regio Ducal Teatro in Milan, entitled Lucio Silla. It was premiered, perhaps oddly, on December 26, 1772. One can scarcely imagine a Weihnachtstag-Generalprobe in the 21st...
The García Family: The Pedagogic Legacy of Romanticism's Premiere Musical Dynasty
THE GARCÍA FAMILY OCCUPIES a unique place in music history. Their legendary abilities as singing actors, composers, and pedagogues prompt Howard Bushnell to state in Maria Malibran, A Biography of the Singer: "of all the great musical dynasties of nineteenth...
The Purcell Collection
BRITTEN, BENJAMIN (1913-1976). THE PURCELL COLLECTION. Realization by Benjamin Britten. Music by Henry Purcell. The Figured Basses realized by Benjamin Britten. The Vocal Parts edited by Peter Pears. High voice (50 songs) and low voice (45 songs) volumes....
Thomas Quasthoff-The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens
Thomas Quasthoff-The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens. Thomas Quasthoff, baritone; Till Brönner, trumpet; Alan Broadbent, piano; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Nan Schwartz, conductor.Gershwin: "There's a Boat that's Leavin' Soon for New York,"...
Two Diction Aids
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE FOR The French Song Anthology. International Phonetic Alphabet and 3 CDs of Recorded Diction Lessons. 60 Songs. Companion to The French Song Anthology in The Vocal Library. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008. Martha Gerhart, Translations...
Vibrato or Nonvibrato in Solo and Choral Singing: Is There Room for Both?
AT A RECENT CONFERENCE OF VOICE TEACHERS, I attended a discussion on differences between choral and solo singing techniques led by a panel of widely respected university choir directors and voice professors. The panelists discussed how singing in ensembles...
Who Has Time for Summer Vacation?
WITH SUMMER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, this is a good time to explore a few of the wonderful opportunities for personal/professional growth, as teachers and singers, which will occur in the coming months. Of course, the events highlighted below barely scratch...