Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Advanced French Lyric Diction Workbook

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Advanced French Lyric Diction Workbook

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Montgomery, Cheri. The Advanced French Lyric Diction Workbook. Nashville, TN: STM Publications, 2015. Paper, ix, 282 pp., Instructor's Manual, $42.50. ISBN 978-0-9916559-6-0; Student Manual, $49.50. ISBN 978-0-9916559-5-3 www.stmpublishers.com

Cheri Montgomery has produced a substantial catalogue of diction workbooks for singers, including manuals for English, French, German, and Italian, as well as a reference book for the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and a workbook for concurrent study of the four principal lyric languages listed above. The Advanced French Lyric Diction Workbook, suitable for upper level or graduate students, draws upon the lyrics of nearly 3,500 mélodies and is intended to introduce singers to French through vocabulary.

The volume retains the valuable traits of the previous books in this series: clearly written explanations and directions, a wealth of exercises (with answer keys included in the instructor's manual), and references to the most commonly used diction textbooks. The latter characteristic enables diction teachers to easily integrate this workbook into their classes.

The volume is arranged according to specific sets of IPA symbols; for instance, [u], [y], double consonant, and unvoiced b are contained in one grouping. …

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