Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 3, January/February

A Conversation with Michael Feinstein Part I
IN 2008, POPULAR MUSIC PERFORMER Michael Feinstein made a recording called The Gershwin Project. Sitting with him in his lovely suite at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, we had the following conversation about this project, and his many other musical...
Amanda Aldridge, Teacher and Composer: A Life in Music
ALTHOUGH THE NAME OF MONTAGUE RING is not familiar to most musicians today, this London composer wrote music that was extremely popular in Europe in the early twentieth century. Major music publishing firms published numerous songs in London by Ring...
A Smorgasbord of Song Groups
COMPOSER FRANCIS POULENC placed great importance on the placement of songs in a recital group, comparing it to the presentation of paintings in an art museum. "It is all a question of 'the hanging,' as essential in music as in painting."1If we take Poulenc's...
Autobiographical Reminiscences of African-American Classical Singers, 1853-Present Introducing Their Spiritual Heritage into the Concert Repertoire
Elizabeth Nash, Autobiographical Reminiscences of African-American Classical Singers, 1853-Present. Introducing their Spiritual Heritage into the Concert Repertoire. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. Cloth, viii, 516 pp., $29.95. ISBN 978-07734-5250-3....
Chants D'exil
The three poems that make up this set of songs are from a larger collection of poems by Marcel Osterrieth (1902-1947), a Belgian commercial engineer who spent two years during World War II in the Belgian Congo in service to his country. Osterrieth was...
Concone's Thirty Daily Exercises-An Interesting Variation
I WAS INTRODUCED TO Concone's Thirty Daily Exercises about forty years ago. For a stretch of years I practiced them daily, but like many other impatient singers I never quite made it to Exercise 30 on a regular basis. Sometimes I started at the end and...
Five Love Songs
Composed for the rich soprano voice of Maria Spacagna, these songs are unabashedly romantic in style. The musical romanticism ranges from the almost constant trills in "The First Time He Kissed Me," a device that was often found in songs of the Victorian...
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Musical Intelligence
IN THE LAST INSTALLMENT of "Mindful Voice," Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner's revolutionary Theory of Multiple Intelligences was examined as a paradigm shift in the history of education. In the years since the publication of Gardner's groundbreaking...
Get the Callback. the Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre
Jonathan Flom, Get the Callback. The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009. Paper, x, 151 pp., $25.00. ISBN 978-0-8108-6918-9. www.scarecrowpress.comFor many aspiring music theater performers, an audition is a necessary...
Humor, Fun, and Novelty in Song
WHILE THE PRIVATE STUDIO TEACHER faces challenges in that the teacher is often isolated from colleagues and from expensive resources typically available at a school of music, there are advantages to managing one's own studio. Those of us who teach at...
Hungarian Vocal Music, with an Introduction to Hungarian Lyric Diction, Part 1
HUNGARIAN VOCAL MUSIC has traditionally been something of a terra incognita for musicians outside Hungary itself. Chances are that even the most seasoned singers, voice teachers, and coaches will have encountered Hungarian vocal texts rarely, if at all,...
Images and Reflections
slipper" 2. "A Question for Zilpha" 3. "Longing" 4. "At Dusk" 5. "To See a Daffodil"A native of Maine, William R. Booth is a man of many interests and many talents. Much of his life was spent in the ministry, including seventeen years with his wife Zilpha...
Kokkari Lyrics
EDDLEMAN, DAVID (b. 1936).KOKKARI LYRICS (Frank Daykin) for High Voice and Piano. David Eddleman, 1999 (CVR, 2008). Traditional keys; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-A^sub 5^; Tess: CR, mL, M; mostly regular meters with changes (one song in 7/8); varied tempos:...
Mozart's First Figaro: The Vocal Skill of Francesco Benucci
INTRODUCTIONTHE MUSIC OF MOZART'S OPERAS constitutes an essential part of a voice student's education. Analysis of information regarding the singers for whom Mozart composed can help us better understand Mozart's intentions and better prepare us both...
"Nuits"
Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was one of the most celebrated French writers of the twentieth century, her output including novels, plays, and screenplays. The text for this song comes from her most famous work, an autobiographic novel L'amant, written...
Overshadowed Not Obsolete: Making a Case for the Air De Cour
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUNDIN FRANCE DURING THE LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURY, there was a musical movement toward the composition of solo song concurrent with that of Italy. These new solo works existed in many forms;1 one in particular, the air de cour, holds...
Planning Ahead
JANUARY, 2010. The second decade of the new millennium has begun. Those of us in northern portions of the continent are enduring the short, cold days of winter. But time marches on and summer will be here before we know it, which can mean only one thing...
Schwarzkopf / Seefried / Fischer-Dieskau
Schwarzkopf / Seefried / Fischer-Dieskau. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, soprano; Hertha Töpper, mezzo soprano; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Charles Mackerras, conductor; Orchestre National...
Songs of Love and Departure
__________. SONGS OF LOVE AND DEPARTURE for Tenor and Piano, Ione Press, 2009 (ECS Publishing).1. "A Pearl, a Girl" (Robert Browning) 2. "Love's Secret" (William Blake) 3. "Childe Harold's Farewell to England" (George Gordon Byron) 4. "Crossing the Bar"...
Sundry Funnies
Among animals, one has a sense of humor.Humor saves a few steps, it saves years.Marianne Moore (1887-1972)The Pangolin [1941], st. 8THE IDEA FOR THIS EDITION of "Editor's Commentary" has had a long gestation, but its eventual birth endured a few delays....
Susan Eichorn-Young: Taking My Turn
Susan Eichorn-Young: Taking My Turn. Susan Eichorn-Young, soprano; Alan Johnson, piano. (Self-published; 37:12)Kurt Weill: "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" (One Touch of Venus), "Seerauber Jenny" Threepenny Opera), "Nanna's Lied." William Bolcom: "Over the...
The Courage for Change
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously."- Eleanor RooseveltMEETING LIFE honestly for me meant I needed to be singing and teaching in order to feel fulfilled. It wasn't, however, a matter of courage until I took a...
The New Broadway Song Companion
In Brief David P. Devenney, The New Broadway Song Companion. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009. Cloth, xiv, 279 pp., $39.95. ISBN 978-0-81086943-1. www.scarecrowpress.comIn 1998, David Devenney published an annotated guide to music theater literature....
The Role of the First Formant in Training the Male Singing Voice
FOR MUCH OF THE LAST CENTURY vocal registration was thought to be entirely a matter of laryngeal muscular adjustment, from a chest register (thyroarytenoid, TA) dominance in the lower range, through various degrees of chest (TA) and head (cricothyroid,...
The Roots of American Pedagogy
prov*e*nance (prov'e-nens) n. Place of origin, source. [LAT. Provenire, to originate.]FREDERIC WOODMAN ROOT (1846-1916) wrote eighteen books on voice pedagogy. Although he is not widely known today, he was considered a prominent pedagogue in his time.Frederic...
Three Sonnets of Petrarch
ABBREVIATION KEY: Diff = 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...
Within These Spaces: Songs of Lori Laitman
Within These Spaces: Songs of Lori Laitman. Jennifer Check, Sari Gruber, Amanda Gosier, soprano; Karyn Friedman, mezzo soprano; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Lori Laitman, Warren Jones, piano. (Albany TROY 1118; 78:52)Within These Spaces: "I Grow To Be...
World Voice Day
IN APRIL 1999, Brazilian otolaryngologists established National Voice Week. This event was inspired by data from the World Health Organization that showed a high rate of laryngeal cancer in Brazil. Colleagues around the world recognized the value of...
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