Academic journal article Journal of Singing

EASY CLASSICAL DUETS. 18 Duets for Student Singers

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

EASY CLASSICAL DUETS. 18 Duets for Student Singers

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EASY CLASSICAL DUETS. 18 Duets for Student Singers. Compiled by Joan Frey Boytim. High voice, low voice, and piano. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010.

Even Ms. Boytim admits that the days when time and appreciation for duet singing in the voice studio have given way to the frantic extracurricular activities, especially of high school age students, that prevent the leisure for such joyful and musically educational experience. Nevertheless, this collection of lovely classical duets for student singers will be useful in the right situations. There will always be some serious young-and not so young-singers who will relish the positive experiences of duet singing indicated by the editor: ". . . the pure joy of singing with another person using a similar vocal technique, learning to tune to another voice . . . becoming an independent singer in a contrapuntal line against the main melody, and feeling the expressive nuances developed through compromising 'give and take' phrasing" (Preface).

This collection introduces many unfamiliar and out-of-print songs that will appeal to interested student singers. Some are very easy in two-part style: "All Through the Night," "Morning" (Edvard Grieg), "Sweet and Low" (Joseph Barnby), "When Twilight Weaves" (Beethoven), and "A Poor Soul Sat Sighing" (Mary Carmichael). …

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