Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Art Song in the United States, 1759-2011: An Annotated Bibliography, 4th Edition

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Art Song in the United States, 1759-2011: An Annotated Bibliography, 4th Edition

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Judith Carman, William K. Gaeddert, and Rita M. Resch, Art Song in the United States, 1759-2011: An Annotated Bibliography, 4th Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. Cloth, xxix, 613 pp., $120.00. ISBN 978-0-8108-8307-9 www.rowman.com

The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) has made many contributions to the propagation and promotion of voice related subjects; the germination of an annotated bibliography of American art song ranks among the most important. In preparation for the National Conference in Philadelphia in 1976, several NATS members were invited to prepare a listing of songs by American composers. Nearly four decades later, the list has burgeoned into a catalogue encompassing more than 2800 entries. The number and variety of songs it contains evidences the health of the genre in the United States.

It is also a testimony to the thorough scholarship of compilers Carman, Gaeddert, and Resch. One of the contributors for the first three editions, Gordon Myers, died in 2001; however, his catalogue of art song in the United States from 1759-1810 is included in this latest edition. The previous edition, published in 1999, contained approximately 2400 entries. The new edition adds 470 annotations, and more than half of these making a first appearance are new or newly published works. The rest are found in fifty-three new anthologies and collections.

Those readers familiar with the early incarnations of this bibliography will notice some additions beyond the new entries. Thomas Hampson, a tireless advocate of American art song, wrote the foreword. Other revisions include the use of the Helmholz System of octave designation, and the inclusion of themes in the special characteristics/subject index. Titles new to the fourth addition are designated with an icon, which is a useful tool for those searching for recent publications. …

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