Academic journal article Journal of Singing

SONG ALBUM for Low Voice

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

SONG ALBUM for Low Voice

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__________. SONG ALBUM for Low Voice. Alberta Keys Music Publishing co. ltd., 2004.

1. "The White Rose" (J. B. O'Reilly). Tonal; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-F^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 3/4, 4/4, Poco Lento; V/M, P/M; 4 pages. Another of the Six Irish Songs composed for Maureen Forrester, "The White Rose" is a quiet song with only two points of heightened emotion. As seems to be characteristic of Coulthard, the piano sets the mood with a motive that will be heard again in different guises, and in some development, later in the song. The voice enters alone and sings the phrases of text as if in conversation with the piano. There is interesting tone painting in the comparison of the red rose to the falcon-rising phrases-and the comparison of the white rose to a dove-descending phrases. The song ends low in the voice, followed by rising phrases in the piano.

2. "The Cherry-Blossom Wand" (Anna Wickham). F minor; A[musical flat]^sub 3^-G^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 3/4, 4/4, Allegro Giusto in the style of a folksong; V/M, P/mD; 7 pages. One of a cycle of five songs for baritone (Songs for Enchantment) dedicated to Donald Bell, this song is an interesting combination of folk-like elements and more subtle effects. The addition of a beat in the melisma in the middle of the first two vocal phrases of each stanza introduces the idea in the text that the speaker will bewitch the eyes of the object of his affections "with a beautiful thing that can never grow wise." The lightness of the petals, and also of the love offered, is reflected in the mixed meter piano figuration high on the keyboard.

3. "There is no darkness" (L. …

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