Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Selected Songs: Voice and Piano

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Selected Songs: Voice and Piano

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Biscardi, Chester (b. 1948). Selected Songs: Voice and Piano. Biscardi Music Press, 2018, distributed by Theodore Front Music Literature.

In the May/June, 2008 issue of Journal of Singing, editor Richard Sjoerdsma described Chester Biscardi as ". . . a major American composer, a remarkably talented, imaginative, and mature voice of one whose oeuvre seem destined to enter the canon of important contemporary American song literature." Although Biscardi enjoys an illustrious reputation, and has been the recipient of some of our field's most prestigious awards, including the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, and a commission from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, his vocal works have not been disseminated and performed perhaps as much as they deserve. It is to be hoped that the recent publication of this anthology of sixteen songs will rectify this omission, and make his excellent work more readily known and available to voice teachers and singers.

The anthology (also available as an e-book on Kindle) includes individual songs, an aria excerpted from his chamber opera Tightrope (1985), songs from the cycles Modern Love Songs, Sailors and Dreamers (2007-10), originally a piece for voice and chamber ensemble, and The Gift of Life (1990-1993), written for the talented husband and wife duo, soprano Judith Bettina and pianist James Goldsworthy. …

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