Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Singer's Art

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Singer's Art

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The Bulletin XIV, no. 4 (May 1958): 25 "The Singer's Art," by Richard De Young, Mus. D., an analysis of vocal principles, De Paul University, Chicago 1958, 174 pp„ $3.75; distributed by North Shore Press, 535 S. Sheridan Rd„ Waukegan, Illinois.

The catholicity of his experience as a singer, teacher, writer and lecturer has enabled the author-also a thorough musician and versatile linguist-to produce a treatise of distinction unique in the annals of vocal literature. By eschewing ultra-technical terminology in favor of commendably forthright and expressive English, he has provided the profession with a work readable as any well-written novel. Moreover, although setting forth tenets of his own personal creed in no uncertain terms he has, mirabile dictu, avoided all semblance of antagonism to views of other recognized authorities-IN ITSELF NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT! Still more important yet, here is that rara avis, a book wholly satisfying a long-time lack in that it may safely be prescribed as required reading for vocal students, especially those afflicted with delusions of easily-acquired professional status.

In logical order, and with praiseworthy brevity, the writer discusses requirements for success, physiological and psychological elements of breath control, aspects of phonation, components of diction and vocal technique, study of sounds, key to an even scale, training the adolescent voice, vocal health, various phases of the singer's thinking as well as other topics of interest to student and teacher alike. …

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