Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 2, November/December

30 ITALIAN SONGS AND ARIAS of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Italian30 ITALIAN SONGS AND ARIAS of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Selected and edited by Roger Nichols. Medium-high and medium-low voice volumes. Edition Peters, 2007.Roger Nichols's selection and edition of Italian songs and arias of the...
A Conversation with Thomas Hampson, Part I
I met with baritone Thomas Hampson in the beautiful press meeting room at Tanglewood. It was a sunny, warm day, and the large windows made us one with the surrounding trees. Following is part one of our long and interesting conversation . . .Leslie Holmes:...
ART SONGS IN ENGLISH: 50 Songs by 21 American and British Composers
NEW COLLECTIONSAmericanART SONGS IN ENGLISH: 50 Songs by 21 American and British Composers. Edited by Carol Kimball. High and low voice volumes. Boosey & Hawkes, 2007 (Hal Leonard).Carol Kimball's new collection titled Art Songs in English containing...
Classical Singing in Chicago: Willa Cather's View
NEBRASKA AUTHOR WILLA CATHER (1873-1947) is recognized as a writer whose lifelong interests included classical music, especially the careers of classically trained singers. According to Harbison, Cather learned to write professionally in Pittsburgh,...
DONIZETTI, GAETANO (1797-1848). LE PIÙ BELLE ARIE PER SOPRANO (Favorite Soprano Arias)
DONIZETTI, GAETANO (1797-1848). LE PIÙ BELLE ARIE PER SOPRANO (Favorite Soprano Arias). Ricordi (BMG Publications), 2007.This volume of arias by Donizetti contains twenty arias for soprano from fourteen operas, including some rarely heard. The front...
Dubious Diva
READERS OF THIS COLUMN, to whom I remain most abjectly grateful, may remember my account of a strange encounter with La traviata at The Skylight in Milwaukee.1 To balance the ledger, however, I should report that a couple of months following that unfortunate...
Flesh and Stone: Songs of Jake Heggie
Flesh And Stone: Songs of Jake Heggie. Frederica von Stade, Joyce Castle, Zheng Cao, Mary Phillips, mezzo soprano; Jake Heggie, piano; Carey Bell, clarinet; Eugenia Zuckerman, flute; Dawn Harms, violin; Emil Miland, cello; Richard Worn, double bass;...
Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907). Centenary Song Album / Jubiläums-Liederalbum
NorwegianGRIEG, EDVARD (1843-1907). CENTENARY SONG ALBUM / JUBILÄUMS-LIEDERALBUM. Introductory notes by Beryl Foster. Medium (Original) Voice. Edition Peters, 2007. Includes a CD of piano accompaniments and pronunciation guides. CONTENTS: "I Love but...
Healthy Singing
Judith Wingate, Healthy Singing. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2008. Paper, ix, 131 pp., $49.95. ISBN 978-1-59756-193-8. www.pluralpublishing.comAccording to the organization Chorus America, an estimated twenty-eight million people in the United States...
Hjertets Melodier: The Heart's Melodies of Nina Grieg
NORWEGIAN SOPRANO NINA HAGERUP GRIEG was an internationally acclaimed singer during the late nineteenth century, known especially for her interpretations of Norwegian song. As the wife of composer Edvard Grieg, her own talents as an artist, once well...
Jake Heggie: For a Look or a Touch
Jake Heggie: Fora Look or a Touch. Morgan Smith, Erich Parce, baritone; Julian Patrick, actor; Amos Yang, Julian Schwarz, cello; Zart Domburian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Craig Sheppard, Mina Miller, piano. (Naxos 8.559379;...
JOHNSON, HALL (1888-1970). THIRTY SPIRITUALS for High Voice and Piano
JOHNSON, HALL (1888-1970). THIRTY SPIRITUALS for High Voice and Piano. Preface by Hall Johnson from the original edition. High and low voice volumes with a CD of piano accompaniments. G. Schirmer, Inc., 2007 (Hal Leonard).After hearing a violin recital...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor,I read with interest Dr. Néron's article on liaison that appeared in a recent Journal of Singing issue [JOS 64, no. 5 (May/June 2008): 595-605]. Néron clarifies the notion of grammatic syntax and the role that flexional consonants in liaison...
LIRICHE DEL NOVECENTO ITALIANO PER VOCE ACUTA E PIANOFORTE (Italian Art Songs of the 20th Century for High Voice and Piano)
LIRICHE DEL NOVECENTO ITALIANO PER VOCE ACUTA E PIANOFORTE (Italian Art Songs of the 20th Century for high voice and piano). Edited by Maurizio Carnelli. Ricordi (BMG Publications), 2005.Buzzi-Peccia, Arturo (1854-1943). "Lolita" Serenata spagnola (text...
Mission Possible: Starting a Voice Lab at Your Music School
Vocal Pedagogy/Voice Science (revised posting)-The Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks qualified applicants for the position of Associate/Full Professor of Music in the areas of Vocal Pedagogy/Voice Science. Responsibilities...
Singing: The First Art
Dan H. Marek, Singing: The First Art. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007. Paper, xxiii, 235 pp., $ 65.00. ISBN-13 978-0-8108-5711-7, ISBN-10 0-81085711-1. www.scarecrowpress.comAt initial glance, Singing: The First Art appears to be a history of singers....
Take Note!
THE EFFECTIVE USE OF PROGRAM NOTES for public performances is a "hot topic" in contemporary music circles. Several recent questions from singers who present contemporary music, or wish to, have prompted this article. The type and format of program notes...
Teaching Voice Teachers
[This month's Voice Pedagogy column is the first in a series exploring how we prepare our future generations of singing teachers for their important work. Representatives from prominent graduate voice pedagogy programs will discuss their curricula, educational...
Terezín-Theresienstadt
Terezín-Theresienstadt. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano; Christian Gerhaher, baritone; Daniel Hope, violin; Bengt Forsberg, piano. (Deutsche Grammophon 477 6546; 71:09)Ilse Weber: "Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt," "Ade, Kamerad!" "Und der Regen...
The Effective Private Studio Teacher
THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF VOICE TEACHERS. There are thousands of effective voice teachers. And there are a few not so effective voice teachers. But what makes any teacher effective? How is this different for the private studio teacher? And how does the...
The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television
Thomas Hischak, The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Cloth, xxxiv, 923 pp., $ 39.95. ISBN 978-0-19-533533-0. www.oup.comWhat is an American musical? Thomas Hischak poses...
The Women Composer Question in the 21st Century
Listening to Kathryn Mishell's recent interview of composer Joan Tower, one is struck by Tower's spunky frankness as she deftly responded to a query so frequently posed, known simply as the "woman composer question": "I do like the fact-and I do mention...
Undergraduate Music Theater Education: Integrating Musical and Theatrical Skills
MUSIC THEATER IS A COMPLEX ART FORM: it is music, drama, and dance amalgamated into one. A music theater performer, therefore, is required not only to master singing, acting, and movement as stand-alone skills, he or she also must be able to integrate...
VERDI, GIUSEPPE ( 1813-1901). LIRICHE (Art Songs)
VERDI, GIUSEPPE ( 1813-1901). LIRICHE (Art Songs). Ricordi (BMG Publications), 2006. CONTENTS: "L'esule"; "La seduzione"; "Il poveretto"; "Stornello"; Sei romanze. "Non t'accostar all'urna," "More, Elisa, lo stance poeta," "In solitaria stanza," "Nell'orror...
What's in NATS for Me?
WHEN I WAS A YOUNG TEACHER, my sole participation in NATS came through student auditions. My teachers all had been active members of the Association and provided me with excellent role models. As an undergraduate, I was encouraged to participate in NATS...
What to Expect during a Visit with a Voice Doctor. Part I: The History
UNTIL THE 1980s, MOST PHYSICIANS caring for patients with voice disorders asked only a few basic questions, such as: "How long have you been hoarse?", "Do you smoke?" etc. The physician's ear was the sole "instrument" used routinely to assess voice quality...
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