Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 5, May/June

A Collaborating Artist
IT WAS A BITTERLY IRONIC HAPPENSTANCE that on December 28 2012, coincidental with my celebration of the final day of my head-neck radiation therapy, a long-time friend and colleague suddenly passed away. I had hired Stephen Smith in 1976 to join the...
A Conversation with Julie and Nathan Gunn, Part 2
Leslie Holmes: You [Nathan] have sung at so many of the major opera houses, and done upward of twenty roles.Nathan Gunn: I've never actually counted.LH: I'd love to focus on just two of them. The first is Billy Budd, because you are quoted as saying...
Angelica Catalani's Voice According to a Method of Statistical Analysis
INTRODUCTIONDESCRIBING AND EVALUATING the voice and art of singers from past centuries, a time when phonographic recording did not exist, is a challenge for musicologists and all musicians who have an interest in historic performances. One way of approaching...
Aria Ready: The Business of Singing
Carol Kirkpatrick, Aria Ready: The Business of Singing, Second Edition. Denver: CO: Bancroft Publications, 2012. Paper, xix, 281 pp., $45.00. ISBN 978-0-97705-240-0 www.ariaready.netIn 2003, Carol Kirkpatrick authored the first edition of Aria Ready:...
Building Strong Voices-Twelve Different Ways, Part 3
prov-e-nance (prov'e-nens) n. Place of origin, source. [LAT. Provenire, to originate.]8. Jaw Opening.1 I remember visiting a local high school to judge a regional competition for high school singers. I was placed in the choral rehearsal room where on...
Chanting to Paradise
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)CHANTING TO PARADISE (Emily Dickinson). Soprano and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 1997. Tonal; D^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M-mH; regular meters; alternating slow and faster; V/M-D, P/E-D; 14 pages (7 minutes).I....
Copyright, Accessing Music Scores in the Digital Age, and the Elephant in the Room
IN JULY 2012, THE AUTHORS PRESENTED A SESSION entitled Copyright, Fair Use and the Public Domain in the Digital Age: What Teachers of Singing Need to Know at the NATS national conference in Orlando, Florida. The response from participants was positive,...
Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs
Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs. Charles Castronovo, tenor; Anastasios Comanescu, Austin Grant, guitar; Jake Jamieson, percussion; Alexander Lavruk, accordian; Aaron Stern, double bass. (GRP Records; 69:02)Bovio: "Chiove," "Guapperia"; Califano: "O...
"DONAL OGE (Donald the Young)" (Anon. 18th Century, Tr. Lady Augusta Gregory)
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)"DONAL OGE (Donald the Young)" (anon. 18th century, tr. Lady Augusta Gregory). Soprano and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2011. Begins and ends in G minor with shifting tonalities; D#^sub 4^C#^sub 6^; Tess: CR;...
Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers
Joanna Cazden, Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 2012. Paper, xii, 194 pp., $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4584-4318-2 www.halleonardbooks.comIn any discipline, unanimity is a rare occurrence. Among voice...
How Well Does Speech Exercise the Larynx?
HUMANS LEARN TO VOCALIZE primarily by hearing speech, except in early development when "mommy-talk" is more in the form of pitch glides, giggle, laughter, or coos. When the articulatory component of speech begins to assume a greater role than the prosody...
"I Learned It from YouTube!" (and Other Challenges of Teaching Voice)
THE LABELS "VOCAL COACH" AND "VOICE TEACHER" seem to be used interchangeably nowadays. I love being a singing coach, and I use the word "coach" deliberately. As in the world of sports, we pace in the dugout, cheer from the sidelines, and we're there...
"I LOVE YOU THROUGH THE DAYTIMES" (from Love Songs of the New Kingdom, Tr. John L. Foster from the Ancient Egyptian)
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)"I LOVE YOU THROUGH THE DAYTIMES" (from Low Songs of the New Kingdom, tr. John L. Foster from the ancient Egyptian). Baritone and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2003. Locrian mode; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M;...
"JAZZ AT THE INTERGALACTIC NIGHTCLUB" (Thomas McGrath)
"JAZZ AT THE INTERGALACTIC NIGHTCLUB" (Thomas McGrath). Tenor and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2001 . Partly F# major, jazz harmonies, bitonality; B#^sub 3^-F#^sub 4^; Tess: M; 5/4, 4/4, 6/4, 9/4, 3/4, ... = 54-56 (with changes), with an eery stillness;...
LATE IN THE DAY (Jeanne Shepard)
LATE IN THE DAY (Jeanne Shepard). Soprano and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 1998. Tonal, bitonal, shifting tonalities; D^sub 4^-B^sub 5^; Tess: mH-H; regular meters; varied tempos; V/mD-D, P/M-D; 13 pages (7 minutes).I. "The Ant and the Grasshopper."...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:The January/February issue of the Journal of Singing is indeed a treasure trove for the art song lovers among us. I was especially pleased to read Leslie De'Ath's discussion of Paul Nordoff ("'A Sun among Men'-The E. E. Cummings Songs of...
Linguistic Lingo and Lyric Diction V-Phrasal Juncture
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IN A RECENT ARTICLE (Journal of Singing 69, no. 2 [November/December 2012]: 179-190), the present author focused on the patterns of English articulations to be found at the boundaries between syllables within...
Live vs. Recorded: Comparing Apples Oranges to Get Fruit Salad
SEVERAL YEARS AGO my husband and I enjoyed some rare video footage of singer/songwriter Don McLean performing his early 1970s hit "American Pie." It was recorded live in a coffeehouse setting, just him, his acoustic guitar, and a single microphone before...
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Recital at Ravinia
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Recital at Ravinia. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo soprano; Peter Serkin, piano. (Harmonia Mundi HMU 907500; 76:39)George Frideric Handel: "O Numi eterni!" "Già superbo del mio affanno," "Ma voi forse nel cielo," "Il suol che...
LOVE AFTER 1950 (Various Poets)
LOVE AFTER 1950 (various poets). Mezzo soprano and Piano. Oxford University Press, 2000. Tonal; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-F#^sub 5^; Tess: mL-M; regular meters; varied tempos; V/mD-D, P/mD-DD; 31 pages (15 minutes).I. "Boy's Lips (A Blues)" (Rita Dove)....
Making Poems Sing
Savoring the original texts as poetry is the way to the heart of songs.-PHILIP L. MILLER1OF ALL PEOPLE, singers need to know about poetry. Without poetry, there would be no art songs to sing. Poet Maya Angelou said it well: "Poetry is music written for...
NATS for a Lifetime
RECENTLY, I REFLECTED on the value of membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing and my long association with the organization since 1972. Although there are many reasons for me to belong, I decided to ask some of our longtime members...
Recent Research in Singing
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RECENT RESEARCH in singing is a brief sampling of the topics and types of dissertations and theses completed during the last two years. It is by no means comprehensive and reflects only a small fraction of the available documents.If...
Stilled Voices
The world lost a number of important classical singers during 2012. Four of the most significant were Lisa Della Casa (b. 1919), Dietrich FischerDieskau (b. 1925), Evelyn Lear (b. 1926), and Galina Vishnevskaya (b. 1926.) In what may prove to be one...
The Business of Teaching Music: The Private Studio
Sandi Siemens, The Business of Teaching Music: The Private Studio. Markham, Ontario: Mayfair Music Publishing, Inc., 2010. Paper, 91 pp., $34.95 (Canadian). ISBN 77535-085-00 www.sandisiemens.comFor many aspiring studio teachers, the challenge lies not...
The Effect of Hormones on the Voice
THE HORMONAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE BODY has major effects on the sound quality of the voice. It is important for singers and teachers to be familiar with the body's major hormones and their effect on vocal fold function.The anatomy of the vocal apparatus...
The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs
The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. Michael Feinstein, vocals; Cyrus Chestnut, piano. (Simon & Schuster; 49:19)Gershwin/Gershwin: "Strike up the Band!" (Strike up the Band); "The Man I Love" (Lady, Be Good!): "S'Wonderful" (Funny...
The Professionalization of Voice
THE PATHS THAT PEOPLE CHOOSE TO pursue a professional life built on singing are neither uniform nor unidirectional; there are many possible trajectories. However, there exists a fundamental dividing line which occurs at the end of the high school years,...
The Songs of Libby Larsen, Part 1
ABBREVIATION KEY: Oiff = difficulty level; V = voice; P = piano; E = easy; mE = moderately easy; M = medium; mD = moderately difficult; D = difficult; DD = very difficult; Tess = tessitura; LL = very low; L = low; mL = moderately low; M = medium; mH...
Vocal Dosimetry: A Graduate Level Voice Pedagogy Course Experience
INTRODUCTIONGRADUATE VOCAL PERFORMANCE MAJORS preparing for careers as professional singers are often preparing to be voice teachers as well. There are increasing demands placed on singers in vocal performance programs to perform in ensembles, stage...
Vocal Virtues
WHAT BOOKS LINE THE SHELVES of your teaching studio? In addition to music scores, most of our libraries include volumes focusing on at least five broad categories:1. Books about literature and interpretation, such as Music for the Voice (Kagen, 1968).2....
Women Composers and the American Musical: The Early Years
NAME ONE WOMAN COMPOSER on Broadway. If the answer does not readily come, then now is the time to discover and explore some new, fresh, dramatic literature for the voice studio.Since the turn of the twentieth century nearly 200 American women have composed...
Your Voice: An Inside View
Scott McCoy, Your Voice: An Inside View. Second Edition. Delaware, OH: Inside View Press, 2012. Paper, 181 pp., $60.00. ISBN 978-0-9755307-8-8 includes CD-ROM www.VoiceInsideView.comWith the publication of Your Voice: An Inside View in 2004 (Princeton,...