A Singer's Guide to the American Art Song: 1870-1980

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Music - 452 pages
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New in Paperback 2004. Probably the most comprehensive work on the American art song ever available, this book considers the lives and contributions of 144 significant composers in the field, including many for whom information has been extremely scarce. Most composers' entries consist of a biographical sketch; a brief discussion of his or her song writing characteristics (with emphasis on performers' concerns); a partial or complete listing of annotated songs; recording information; and the composer's individual bibliography. Song annotations include poet, publisher, date of composition (when known), voice type, range, duration, tempo indication, mood, subject matter, vocal style, special difficulties, general impression, artists who have recorded the song, and any other pertinent information. Thirty composers whose contributions are deemed of lesser import are summarized in brief essays. Appendixes include a supplement of recommended songs; a listing of American song anthologies and their contents; and the most recent information regarding publishers cited in the guide. There is also a general discography, a general bibliography, and indexes for both titles and poets. Documenting the most important 110 years in the development of American art song, this book is an indispensable tool for singers, teachers, coaches, accompanists, and libraries.

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Contents

Bowles Paul
68
Carpenter John Alden
82
Chanler Theodore
98
Cortes Ramiro
111
De Koven Reginald
124
Dougherty Celius
137
Edwards Clara
153
Farwell Arthur
157
Martino Donald
270
Owen Richard
284
Pinkham Daniel
297
Rogers Clara Kathleen
313
Salter Mary Turner
333
Smith Julia
346
Thompson Randall
357
Ware Harriet
370

Foote Arthur
172
Hadley Henry K
192
Horsman Edward
208
Ives Charles 221
244
Lang Margaret Ruthven
257
A Supplement of Songs
383
Publishers
400
Discography of Collections
413
Index to Poets
445
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Soprano Victoria Etnier Villamil performed in opera and concert throughout the United States and Europe for over 25 years. A seasoned recitalist, Miss Villamil has been praised not only for her musicality and artistry but also for her thoughtful and imaginative programming, receiving special acclaim for her programs of American and British song.

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