Singer's Repertoire - Vol. 5

Singer's Repertoire - Vol. 5

Singer's Repertoire - Vol. 5

Singer's Repertoire - Vol. 5

Synopsis

Designed for use by professional singers, amateurs, teachers, coaches, and students; contains annotations for more than 1,000 songs in the basic vocal repertoire.

Excerpt

Singing has been defined by the late William J. Henderson, eminent vocal critic and authority, as being "the interpretation of a text by means of musical tones produced by the human voice." a knowledge of the text, as it was in the song's creation, should be the first point of song interpretation, and, for deepest appreciation, should be available to audiences. For as entertainment media are becoming more entrancing and colorful, so must performances on the lyric stage. This can only be done by convincingly strengthening the inner meanings of the lyric repertoire by the performer, and by conveying those meanings to the audience through the voice and by the use of appropriately interpretative program notes. in this country, lamentably mono-lingual, it is necessary that audiences be informed of the essence of the foreign language texts. With the public demanding, both those present and those absent, that they should know more about the values of lyric performances, it is mandatory that all programs be assisted by the use of program notes.

Program Notes for the Singer's Repertoire has been designed for use by professional singers, amateur singers, teachers, coaches and students. the singer, with the pressures of contemporary life, frequently cannot take the time to do the necessary research on songs and to place that information in program notes of a literary form comparable to the artistic values of his recital appearances.

For all persons concerned in any way with the singing art, this book may also be used as a means of becoming acquainted with the basic vocal repertoire. the difference in the amount of time necessary for the acquaintance of poetic and musical values is astounding. These program notes for more than 1,000 songs and arias can be read in less than a week, but the hearing of the music would take much longer. the authors therefore feel that one of their greatest contributions has been made in providing an easier overview of the basic vocal repertoire. Possibly these program notes will also assist singers in thinking more of their art as poetry wedded to a reflecting melody and vocal color.

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