Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction

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Montgomery, Cheri. Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction. Nashville, TN: S. T. M. Publishers, 2015. Paper, ix, 136 pp., $39.50. ISBN 978-0-9894385-8-2 www.stmpublishers.com

A recent offering by Cheri Montgomery is a departure from the previous workbooks published by S. T. M. Publishers, which typically focus on one language. Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction draws on words commonly found in the art song repertoire in English, Italian, German, and French. It is intended to supplement existing texts; it can also be used as a text for a class designed to cover these four languages. For the first time, the author offers transcription rules and exercises for English.

In the preface, Montgomery enumerates the benefits of combining all the languages in one text. Not only is it convenient, it enables the student of lyric diction to recognize the consistency and benefits of the IPA. …

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