Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Canciones De España. Songs of Nineteenth Century Spain

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Canciones De España. Songs of Nineteenth Century Spain

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CANCIONES DE ESPAÑA. SONGS OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SPAIN. Volume 3. Edited by Suzanne Rhodes Draayer. Foreword by Nico Castel. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2007.

With Volume Three of Canciones de España Suzanne Draayer has, in the words of Nico Castel, "completed her vision" of providing singers access to the rich repertoire of nineteenth century Spanish art song. The three volume series contains eighty-three songs by fifty different composers of Castilian Spain and serves as an important resource for both teachers and students. Since many of today's students have studied Spanish in high school or at the university, it is helpful to have on hand an excellent source of art songs in Spanish for their use, even though they must master the Castilian pronunciation for the texts.

To aid learning the different pronunciation, Dr. Draayer has included a thorough Pronunciation Guide to Castilian Spanish, which contains five columns of information about each letter of the alphabet: IPA Symbol, Placement in Text, Spanish Example, IPA Transcription of the example, and a Pronunciation Example in English. Other front matter consists of a Preface, an Introduction, sections on Spanish Song Types of the Nineteenth Century, and editorial notes on each song. Preceding the music of each song is a page of information containing notes on the poetic idea of the song, the composer, and a word for word IPA transcription and English Translation. In the appendices, the editor has provided a very useful listing of the songs of each volume arranged by level of difficulty (beginning students, intermediate level singers, advanced singers) and gender.

In his Foreword, Nico Castel says that these songs represent the best of nineteenth century Spanish song and notes that three songs by José León have never before been published. It is a volume well worth investigating for lovely songs that will be new to the study and performance repertoire of all singers. To quote and echo Mr. Castel-"Thank you, Suzanne!"


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