Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 4, March/April

A Conversation with Dwayne Croft
At the beautiful Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, Dwayne Croft and I had the following conversation . . .Leslie Holmes: I love your name . . . Dwayne. Where did that come from?Dwayne Croft: My parents were watching a movie and saw the credits. They liked...
Affirming Fear
BESIDES WORKING ON VOICE TECHNIQUE and repertoire, a significant percentage of my teaching hours are spent on performance anxiety or stage fright issues. Almost everybody seems to have them, myself included. We spend so much time and energy trying to...
A Hope Carol
Single SongsComposed in 2006 and dedicated to Elizabeth Mannion, "A Hope Carol" is a setting of a poem by Christina Rossetti, the most prominent woman of the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite movement in England during the mid nineteenth century. Christina was...
A Solution for Simple (Secco) Theater Recitative
IN PRODUCTIONS OF EARLY OPERAS, including those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the portion most difficult to make interesting is the narration/discourse set as simple recitative, which is accompanied only by bass instruments and keyboard.1 Despite singers'...
Collegial Inclusivity
AT THIS TIME OF WRITING, shortly after Thanksgiving Day 08, memories of the seemingly endless presidential campaign remain fresh, its tedium and that of its aftermath nurtured in large part by 24/7 news services. The need to provide a constant barrage...
Letters to the Editor
Dear Richard:YOUR COLUMNS ARE ALWAYS ENJOYABLE AND INSIGHTFUL, but this latest one ["Text, Subtext, Context," Journal of Singing 65, no. 3 (January/February 2009): 267-268] was especially dear to my heart. The primacy of the poem in song composition...
Maria Callas: The Callas Conversations
Maria Callas: The Callas Conversations. (EMI Classics DVB 4907649; 119:03) [BBC Interview with Lord Harewood, April 1968; ORTF Interview with Bernard Gavoty, May 1965]Jules Massenet: "Adieu, notre petite table" (Manon). Vincenzo Bellini: "Ah, non creda...
Marvelous Invention
Originally commissioned by the New York Festival of Song and Meet the Composer, "Marvelous Invention" had its premiere in 2001. The poem by Mark Adamo is a glorious, hilarious recitation of all the advantages of the portable personal music player over...
National Initiatives
MY RECENT LETTERS in this column have focused on our relationships with NATS as individuals. This time around, we look at some of the initiatives NATS currently is pursuing at the national level.The Private StudioDid you realize that nearly two-thirds...
On Master Classes and the Olympic Games
WATCHING THE ONSLAUGHT OF Olympic athletes on world records this past summer, I wondered how such rapid progress from one generation to the next was possible, and whether we cannot find a comparable historical advance in skilled singing. Achievement...
Para Entonces: Spanish Poetry in 20th-21st Century Song
Para Entonces: Spanish Poetry in 20th-21st Century Song. Helen Tintes-Schuermann, mezzo soprano; Julio Alexis Muñoz, Winifred Goodwin, piano; William Terwilliger, violin. (MSR Classics MS 1192; 62:10)Manuel de Falla: "El Pan de Ronda que sabe a verdad,"...
Recent American Art Song: A Guide
Keith E. Clifton, Recent American Art Song: A Guide. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Paper, x, 310 pp., $45.00. ISBN 13: 978-0-8108-6210-4, ISBN 10: 0-8108-6210-7. www.scarecrowpress.com"Nobody writes songs anymore." Keith Clifton begins his guide...
RILKE SONGS (Rainer Maria Rilke)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, well known American mezzo soprano, was drawn to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke early in life by hearing his German speaking mother quote the mystical poet. The composer says in his introductory notes, "Rilke seems to evoke...
Roger Vogel's Love Letters
THE SONG CYCLE HAS HAD A LONG and distinguished history spanning two hundred years. This genre has provided singers with memorable works of varying lengths in several languages, written for all voice types and featuring texts by both well known and obscure...
ROSENBLÄTTER (Rose Ausländer). Liederzyklus Für Mittlere Stimme Und Klavier
Born in Switzerland and educated in European music conservatories, David Philip Hefti's areas of expertise are composition, conducting, clarinet, and chamber music. His compositions include works for chamber ensembles, clarinet, orchestra, and two works...
Schubert: The Wanderer: Lieder and Fragments
Schubert: The Wanderer: Lieder and Fragments. Ian Bostridge, tenor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano. (EMI Classics 50999 5 16443 21; 62:57; 55:32)Gesänge des Harfners: "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt," "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß," "An die Türen will ich...
Singing and Childhood Sexual Abuse: Conversation with Voice Teachers
INTRODUCTIONGIVEN THE HIGH PREVALENCE of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), the likelihood exists that a voice teacher will encounter a student with this history. Currently, the number of adults reporting a history of CSA is estimated at twenty-five to thirty-five...
Speech and Voice Science
Alison Behrman, Speech and Voice Science. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2007. Paper, 449 pp., $65.00. ISBN 1-59756-048-0. www.pluralpublishing.comSomeone has finally done it: written "Voice Science for the Non-Scientific (Yet Nevertheless Intelligent)...
SPRING RAIN. A Song Cycle on Poems of Sara Teasdale
THOMAS, RICHARD PEARSON (b. 1957). SPRING RAIN. A Song Cycle on Poems of Sara Teasdale. Portage Press Publishing, 2005 (CVR). Tonal; D^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: CR, M-mH; regular meters; slow to moderate tempos; V/M-mD, P/mD; 27 pages. Soprano.Composed...
Stockhausen's Method of Singing
provee-nance (prov'e-nens) n. Place of origin, source. [LAT. Provenire, to originate.]THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS THE SECOND of a series of excerpts from Julius Stockhausen's A Method of Singing. Stockhausen issued what seems to be a condensed version of...
The Future in My Hand
CYCLES AND SONGSCyclesEARNEST, JOHN DAVID (b. 1940). THE FUTURE IN MY HAND (Robert Bode) for Voice and Piano. E. C. Schirmer, 2008. Tonal; E[musical flat]^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 6^; Tess: M-mH; regular meters with some changes; varied tempos; V/M-mD,...
THE SPACE BETWEEN, a Song Cycle on the Poetry of Wendell Berry
GENDEL, SCOTT (b. 1977). THE SPACE BETWEEN, a Song Cycle on the Poetry of Wendell Berry. High voice and piano. E. C. Schirmer Music Company (ECS), 2008. Tonal; C^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: CR & mL-mH; changing meters, a variety of tempos; V/-D, P/M-D;...
The Voice Foundation: Collaboration with the National Association of Teachers of Singing
DURING THE LAST FEW DECADES, singing teachers, singers, and voice care professionals have benefited from dramatic advances in knowledge about the human voice. Scientific discoveries have increased our understanding of anatomy and physiology of phonation;...
Twentieth-Century Countertenor Repertoire: A Guide
Steven L. Rickards, Twentieth-Century Countertenor Repertoire: A Guide. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Cloth, xv, 400 pp., $100.00. ISBN 13: 978-8108-6103-9, ISBN 10: 0-8108-6103-8. www.scarecrowpress.comAlfred Deller played an important role in...
Twenty-Five Works for Dramatic Soprano Voice and Orchestra
INTRODUCTIONSELECTING AN APPROPRIATE PIECE for performance can be a challenge for singers. This is particularly true when there is a lack of reference sources that list suitable works. The following compilation highlights twenty-five works, dating from...
Unsolved Mysteries about Vocal Fatigue and Recovery
NEARLY EVERYONE WHO SPEAKS or sings a lot has encountered vocal fatigue. There are exceptions. Some people's voices seem never to tire, regardless of how long or how loud they phonate. Informal observation suggests that these people are not necessarily...
Writing Program Notes: A Guide for Teachers of Undergraduate Voice Students
AS VOICE TEACHERS OF UNDERGRADUATE voice students, we spend a great deal of time teaching young singers the fundamentals of healthy vocal technique, song interpretation, genre appropriate style and musicianship-each component integral to the future success...

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