CONTENTS
PREFACEvii
CHAPTER PAGE
I. THE DAWN OF THE ART1
II. VOCAL TECHNIC OF THE EARLY CHANTERS.19
III. THE SCHOLA CANTORUM31
IV. THE TROUBADOURS, DESCANT AND MENSURAL MUSIC48
V. VOCAL TEACHERS AND SECULAR SONG64
VI. APPROACH OF THE MONODIC STYLE77
VII. BIRTH OF DRAMATIC RECITATIVE92
VIII. WHAT THE EARLY MASTERS TAUGHT102
IX. THE ORNAMENTS AND PASSAGES115
X. MALE SOPRANI AND OTHER VIRTUOSI129
XI. THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ITALIAN OPERA152
XII. DISTRIBUTION OF VOICES IN OPERA166
XIII. EARLY IDEALS OF SINGING179
INDEX195

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