Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Siempre Zarzuela (Zarzuela Forever)

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Siempre Zarzuela (Zarzuela Forever)

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SIEMPRE ZARZUELA (ZARZUELA FOREVER). Vocal Piano score with CD of piano accompaniments. 4 volumes: Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone. Introduction by Christopher Webber. Unión Musical Ediciones, 2012 (Hal Leonard Corporation).

The zarzuela is Spain's unique form of music theater, consisting of alternating speech and song with songs or arias woven into the drama of the plot. The musical portions of these works vary in style from operatic arias through romanzas and simple popular folksong to cabaret chansons. The two major forms of zarzuela are the Baroque (c. 1630-1750) and the Romantic (c. 1850-1950), the latter divided into two subforms: the género grande, a multiact work, and the género chico, a one act work. The selections in these volumes come from the Romantic "Golden Century" of 1850-1950 and represent a wide variety of styles.

The first modern collection of zarzuela songs was published in 2000, and since that time, interest has grown in this attractive form of music theater as a new generation of Spanish speaking singers has found the songs and arias to be wonderful vehicles for both vocal development and performance in their native language. The tireless efforts of tenor and conductor Placido Domingo to bring this music to public attention has spurred such internationally famous singers as Roberto Alagna, Anna Netrebko, and Elina Garanca to perform and record many of the songs and arias. …

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