Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 2, November/December

A Conversation with John Relyea, Part 2
CONTINUING MY CONVERSATION with bass baritone John Relyea in the Press Porch at Tanglewood . . .Leslie Holmes: Did your father start teaching you?John Relyea: Yes. He ended up teaching me for the first three or four years. I would be playing guitar,...
A Footnote to History
prov-e-nance (prov'e-nens) n. Place of origin, source. [LAT. Provenire, to originate.]IN VOLUME TWO OF The Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing, Manuel Garcia discussed the current principles guiding performance practice and how to effectively interpret...
ANTHOLOGY FOR BEGINNING AMERICAN SINGERS. A Collection of Songs, with Historical Commentary, from the Second New England and Italian Schools
ANTHOLOGIESANTHOLOGY FOR BEGINNING AMERICAN SINGERS. A Collection of Songs, with Historical Commentary, from the Second New England and Italian Schools. Compiled, edited, and written by Elizabeth Hart and Helen Strine. Baltimore, MD: H. E. R. S. Publishing,...
Birdsong
I LOVE TO READ . . . AND TO WRITE . . . AND TO SING-not necessarily in that order of preference. In fact, I find that those behaviors are very much related, and, in my mind, at least, they come together beautifully in a captivatingly interesting book...
Classic Archive 28: Great Opera Singers
Classic Archive 28: Great Opera Singers. Gundula Janowitz, Rita Streich, Elisabeth Grümmer, sopranos; Isabel Strauss, mezzo soprano; Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor; Tito Gobbi, Ernest Blanc, baritones; Boris Christoff, Gottlob Frick, basses. Orchestre National...
Crafting Love Songs from Sonnets: Judith Cloud's Settings of Pablo Neruda
ARIZONA COMPOSER JUDITH CLOUD has crafted a passionate and beautiful song cycle, Four Sonnets by Pablo Neruda, comprised of poems from Neruda's Cien sonetos de amor (100 Love Sonnets). These settings for voice and piano utilize Stephen Tapscott's eminently...
Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
THE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT OF "Mindful Voice," "Creativity in Crisis?," concluded with a look at some of the cognitive effects of digital technology, and what that technology's overuse may be wreaking upon human creativity. As I noted in that column,....
English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach
Amanda Johnston, English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2011 . Cloth, xiv, 295 pp., $49.95. ISBN 978-0-8108-7766-5 www.scarecrowpress.comLyric diction resources that contain several languages...
Five Songs
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)FOSTER, WALTER. FIVE SONGS (Talal Haidar) for High Voice and Piano. Arabic poetry translated by Ghada Ghanem. Recital Publications, 2010. Traditional keys with many modulations; B^sub 3^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^;...
Howard Boatwright: An Exploration of His Songs for Voice and Piano
INTRODUCTIONSTANDING IN A CROWDED CHURCH on a Sunday afternoon, a capacity crowd had gathered to hear American soprano Helen Boatwright in recital on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. Mrs. Boatwright, one of the original champions of the music...
Letting Escape A Song . . . Art Songs of Judith Cloud
Letting Escape A Song . . . Art Songs of Judith Cloud. Eileen Strempel, Deborah Raymond, sopranos; Judith Cloud, mezzo soprano; Ricardo Pereira, tenor; Tod Fitzpatrick, baritone; Robert Mills, Rita Borden, piano; Jeremy Reynolds, clarinet; Kenneth Meyer,...
Linguistic Lingo and Lyric Diction III-Pronunciation Contrasts
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)THE READER WHO HAS ENGAGED in studio voice pedagogy probably on occasion will have taught a student whose first language is not English, and who has persistent difficulty in pinpointing the precise formulation...
Master Classes for the High School Private Studio
DURING THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, one of the biggest changes to occur in opera theater, music theater, and commercial concert production is the growth in visual presentation. It is astounding how even opera has entered the world of high tech with elaborate...
Musical Theater for Classical Singers
MUSICAL THEATER FOR CLASSICAL SINGERS. Edited by Richard Walters, in four volumes: Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2011.The newest music theater collection from editor Richard Walters at Hal Leonard is a welcome...
Partnership
LAST SPRING, NATS and MTNA joined forces and presented a combined MTNA National Conference/NATS National Workshop in Milwaukee. It was a wonderfully successful event, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to become acquainted with my counterpart...
Pedagogic Pears: Exploring Vocal Resonance
IN VOICE PEDAGOGY CIRCLES, the term "pear-shaped tone" has fallen into disuse. Popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the phrase describes a tone that is full, clear, warm, and resonant. The pear-shaped tone was the industry standard in both...
Peking Opera - Bel Canto in Chinese: Introducing Its Vocal Training Process
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)INTRODUCING PEKING OPERAPEKING OPERA, A CHINESE CULTURAL TREASURE with a history of over 200 years, is a synthesis of singing, dancing, acting, and acrobatics, as well as instrumental music. A widely regarded...
Perspectives on Teaching Singing: Australian Vocal Pedagogues Sing Their Stories
Scott D. Harrison, ed., Perspectives on Teaching Singing: Australian Vocal Pedagogues Sing Their Stories. Bowen Hills, Queensland.Australia: Australian Academic Press, 2010. Paper, vii, 322 pp. $54.95 ISBN 978-1-9215-1373-2 www.aapbooks.comOver the past...
Pictures of the Floating World
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)WADSWORTH, ZACHARY (b. 1983). PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD (Amy Lowell) for Soprano and Piano. E. C. Schirmer, 2010 (ECS). Impressionistic; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M, CR; regular with some irregular...
Romancing the Romanser: Exploring the Art Song of Sweden
SCANDINAVIAN SONG HAS LATELY CAUGHT the imagination and interest of singers looking to add interesting new repertoire in nonstandard languages to their recitals. Swedish song, or romanser, as they are known in Scandinavia, offers a wealth of extraordinarily...
Sailors & Dreamers
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)BISCARDI, CHESTER (b. 1948). SAILORS & DREAMERS (Shirley Kaplan, Lyrics) for Voice and Piano (also for Voice and Chamber Ensemble). Biscardi Music Press, 2010. Tonal; A^sub 2^-D#sub 4^, Tess: mL-M; moderate...
Selected Twentieth Century Works for Soprano and Marimba: An Analytic Exploration, Part 2
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)INTRODUCTIONSINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST COMPOSITION for soprano and marimba in 1976, there has been an increasing interest among composers, as well as percussionists and singers, in compositions for this...
Sondheim! the Birthday Concert
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert. Laura Benanti, Matt Cavenaugh, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jenn Collella, Jason Danieley, Alexander Gemignani, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, John McMartin,...
The Economy of Choir Size
THE QUESTION OF APPROPRIATE CHOIR SIZE should be answered with a variety of criteria. According to Ternström, the characteristic sound of an ensemble, which comes from a mixture of the variabilities in frequencies and amplitudes produced by each singer,...
The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre
Corrine J. Naden, The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2011. Cloth, 266 pp., $39.95. ISBN 978-0-8108-7733-7 www.scarecrowpress.comOklahoma!, which opened to war-weary audiences in 1943, is recognized as the first...
The Use of Nutrition and Integrative Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Singers, Part 1
NUTRITION IS FUNDAMENTAL to the healthy development and function of all bodily processes; and "alternative" and "complementary" medicines and approaches are used extremely commonly by singers. Singing teachers should have a basic familiarity with these...
Tongue Management
THE TONGUE CONSISTS OF A SIZEABLE NUMBER of muscles, the contractions of which have the ability to affect negatively or positively articulation, resonance, and efficiency of phonation. Thus, optimal use of this organ is central to developing and maintaining...

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