Singing in Style: A Guide to Vocal Performance Practices

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Music - 356 pages
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The first historical overview of vocal performance practice and style ever published, Singing In Style provides an introduction to how such issues as ornamentation, vibrato, rubato, portamento, articulation, tempo, language, and accompaniment with period instruments have been handled since the seventeenth century. Each chapter presents a historical period and gives background information on the singers and composers, the vocal repertoire, and the stylistic conventions of that time. Specific repertoire examples are discussed as well, to show how to use the music itself as a context for making stylistic choices. Each chapter also has an extensive reference list arranged by topic, so the interested reader can pursue a particular subject in more depth.

Covering the Baroque period to the present, Elliott casts a wide net, bringing together information from historical treatises, personal accounts from composers, performers, historians, critics, and current scholarly commentary into one convenient handbook for the student and the amateur and professional performer who want to learn more about how vocal works were sung in their day.

  

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This book is entirely fascinating and easy to read. It is packed with interesting and useful information, beyond what is available in ABRSM's "Performers guides". I am engrossed and learning helpful viewpoints and references with every page turn. So happy to buy a book worth having.

Contents

The Early Baroque
5
England
32
France
41
The Late Baroque
53
Italian Influence
69
Germany
78
France
85
The Classical Era
92
French Melodies
194
Second Viennese School
222
Early TwentiethCentury Nationalism
251
Spain
266
Working with Living Composers
286
Notes
307
For Further Reading
327
Index
347

Italian Bel Canto
126
German Lieder
160

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About the author (2006)

Martha Elliott has established a reputation as a dynamic singer with a diverse repertoire. She has performed throughout the world and is on the performance faculty at Princeton University.

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