Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 1, September/October

A TRIPTYCH OF GRATITUDE TO THE DIVINE. Three Songs for Soprano and Piano
Dan Locklair, as Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has composed a number of works for the voice, some of which have been reviewed in this column. The work here is a cycle of three...
Charles Wilfred Orr (1893-1976): An English Craftsman Revisited
CHARLES WILFRED ORR (b. Cheltenham, July 31, 1893; d. Painswick, February 24, 1976) was an English song composer who has been cited by British musicians and scholars as having significantly contributed to twentieth century English song repertoire.1 Among...
Chester Biscardi-At the Still Point
Chester Biscardi-At the Still Point.Judith Bettina, soprano; James Goldsworthy, piano. (CRI CD 686; 54:00)The Gift of Life. Traverso. Companion Piece. Incitation to Desire. Mestiere. Tenzone. At the Still Point.Readers of this column may recall an enthusiastic...
Christa Ludwig: The Birthday Edition
Christa Ludwig: The Birthday Edition. Christa Ludwig, mezzo soprano and clinician; Stella Grigorian, mezzo soprano; Valerij Serkin, tenor; Marcus Pelz, baritone; Charles Spencer, Sophie Raynaud, piano. (ArtHaus Musik 102 147/102 149; 116:00,111:00)Schubert:...
Consulting a Voice Doctor: When?
Modified from: Heman-Ackah, Y.D., Sataloff, R.T., Hawkshaw, M.J., Divi, V.D. "Protecting The Vocal Instrument," in press.INITIALLY, THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION "When should I see a voice doctor?" would seem obvious: When you are sick. However, the correct...
Cross Training for the Voice
COMPETITIVE ATHLETES ARE ENCOURAGED to participate in cross training activities that will exercise muscle groups differently than how they are normally used in their specific sport. Football players dance, tennis players swim, golfers jog. Just as cross...
Dear God
SISCO, DAVID (b. 1975). DEAR GOD. Duet for soprano and mezzo soprano (or for solo soprano). Published online by the composer. (Songs can be viewed and purchased at www.siscosong.com.) Mostly traditional keys, a few X; B^sub 3^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^;...
Exposition, Development, Recapitulation, Coda
GREETINGS TO ALL! I begin my first letter with my most humble and sincere thanks to all of you, and my promise to do my utmost to earn the honor you have bestowed on me through election to the presidency of our Association. As you read this, fall semester...
Japanese Lyric Diction
A NOTE ON THE TRANSLITERATION OF JAPANESE WORDSAlthough romaji, the Romanized version of the Japanese phonetic alphabet, is neither entirely accurate nor consistent in its transcription of Japanese, it is a clear and convenient means of transliterating...
Laryngeal Teaching Series. Volume 4: Compilation of Volumes 1-3
Starr Cookman and Kate Devore, Laryngeal Teaching Series. Volume 4: Compilation of Volumes 1-3. DVD, 36 minutes. www.LoveYourVoice.com $125.00 + $5.75 shipping and handling.Voice and speech pathologists Starr Cookman and Kate Devore have created a new...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor,I was intrigued by two recent articles in Journal of Singing regarding the relationship between gender and performance: Richard Dale Sjoerdsma's "Gender Specific" and Sharon Mabry's "The Road Not Taken."In modern feminist scholarship, "gender"...
Musical Structure and Evocation of Time in Hugo Wolf's "Ein Stündlein Wohl Vor Tag"
HUGO WOLF'S "EIN STÜNDLEIN WOHL VOR TAG," composed in 1888 on text by nineteenth century German poet Eduard Mörike, is remarkable for its unique synthesis of poetry and music. In this synthesis, a symbiotic relationship between literary content and musical...
My Audience with "The Grand Duchess"
ON DECEMBER 16, 2006, THE FINAL DAY of performances of the Los Angeles Opera production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, the world renowned mezzo soprano, Frederica von Stade graciously took time from her busy schedule for the following interview....
Nats Visits Aats
THE JOURNAL OF SINGING PERIODICALLY publishes selected pronouncements issued by the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. For a brief history of the organization and its unique relationship to NATS, readers are referred to Journal of Singing 61, no....
Operape
COINING WORDS, especially ones that incorporate words with perhaps salacious connotations, runs the risk of being perceived as capricious and received as offensive. Both are entirely foreign to my intent. I use "rape" here in its original late Middle...
Private Studio Recitals
WHAT IS A RECITAL and why should you prepare one? A recital is a program made up of your performing students, one that is usually free and open to the public. The performance may be held in a nearby hall, church, or even your studio if you have room...
Quantifying Tessitura in a Song
The term tessitura (Italian for texture) can be associated with a piece of music or with a singer. Often the concept of texture defaults to pitch, both range and average. Thus, the tessitura of a song tends to be associated with the distribution of pitches,...
Questions and Answers
THIS ARTICLE IS BEING WRITTEN AT THE END OF A BUSY SEMESTER of teaching and performing. It is a time of summing up, cleaning out, reflection, and celebration. As always, the contacts that have been made with readers over the past year have been especially...
Recovering
This combination of two poems by Muriel Rukeyser seems to describe a person recovering from a debilitating illness. At once depressing and hopeful that "Something again is beginning to be born," it evokes powerful feelings. Biscardi's dissonant musical...
Robert Schumann: The Book of Songs
Jon W. Finson, Robert Schumann: The Book of Songs. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. Cloth, xvi, 318 pp., $49.95. ISBN-13 978-0-674-02629-2. www.hup.harvard.eduIn the opening paragraph of Robert Schumann: The Book of Songs, Jon Finson serves...
Russell Oberlin Sings Handel Arias
Russell Oberlin Sings Handel Arias.Russell Oberlin, countertenor. Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dunn, conductor. (Deutsche Grammophon 477 6541; 47:43)"But who may abide," "How beautiful are the feet" (Messiah); "Their land brought forth frogs," "Thou...
Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, & Bass Voices
Richard Miller, Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, & Bass Voices. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Cloth, xvii, 209 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-19-532265-1. www.oup.comRichard Miller is one of the most respected, renowned, and prolific authors...
Six Folk Songs of the Americas
MABRY, GEORGE L., arr. (b. 1945). SIX FOLK SONGS OF THE AMERICAS. Medium high voice and piano. Roger Dean Publishing Company, 2002. Traditional keys/modes; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; regular meters; slow to moderate tempos; V/M, P/M; 38...
STORIES ON STONE (Epitaphs of American Men & Women)
Another set of musical miniatures, Stories in Stone is a small catalog of epitaphs taken from actual gravestones in various cemeteries on the Eastern Seaboard. They range from utterly frank-"He meant well, tried little, failed much"-through unintentionally...
Studio Class-New Directions: TEAM TEACHING FOR STUDIO CLASS SUCCESS
[Editor's Note: The following articles originally were submitted as two discrete feature articles. In view of their shared theme and relative brevity, I determined to publish them together under a single title. The teaching paradigm of the first part...
The Craft of Singing
Garyth Nair, The Craft of Singing. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2007. Paper, xxxiii, 846 pp., $89.95. ISBN 1-59756-051-0. www.pluralpublishing.comThe Craft of Singing by Garyth Nair is a testimonial to the adage, "Necessity is the mother of invention."...
The Impoverishment of American Culture and the Need for Better Art Education
[Editor's Note: In recent years, NATS has intensified efforts to strengthen communications, share commonalities, and implement collaborations with similar associations dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in singing, especially the American Choral...
The Legacy of Garcia, Part 2
[This is a continuation of a reprinting of The Singing Method of Manuel Garcia (A Plea for the Larynx in Singing) by Lewis B. Canterbury. The first three sections of the document appeared in Journal of Singing 64, no. 5 (May/June 2008): 619-624.)IVThe...
University/collegiate Master Class: The Combined Studio Model
AFTER MANY YEARS OF COMBINING voice area studio master classes, the voice faculty of this university felt that it was appropriate to share our apparently unique approach. Bringing all voice students and faculty together in one weekly forum has been a...
When I Am an Old Woman
The famous poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, here titled "When I am an old woman," has been given an interesting setting by Libby Larsen. One might expect a setting of this poem to be perhaps flamboyant, funny, and devilmay-care, but this setting seems...
YogaVoice: Balancing the Physical Instrument
THE WORD YOGA HAS COME TO HAVe a variety of meanings in our culture. The word itself has its derivation in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Like most words in Sanskrit, "yoga" holds many shades of definition; it is most commonly translated as...
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