Art Song Composers of Spain: An Encyclopedia

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Scarecrow Press, Apr 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 518 pages
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Art Song Composers of Spain: An Encyclopedia describes the wealth of vocal repertoire composed by 19th- and 20th-century Spanish song composers. More than 90 composers are discussed in detail with complete biographies, descriptions, and examples of the song literature, as well as comprehensive listings of stage works, books, recordings, compositions in non-vocal genres, and vocal repertoire. Opening with a thorough history of Spain and its political scene, author Suzanne Rhodes Draayer examines its relation to song composition and the impact on composers such as Fernando Sor, Sebasti_n de Iradier, Federico Garc'a Lorca, Manuel de Falla, and many others. Draayer discusses Spanish art song and its various types, its folksong influences, and the major and minor composers of each period. Beginning with Manuel Garc'a (b. 1775) and ending with Carmen Santiago de Meras (b. 1917), Draayer provides biographies of the composers, a discussion and analysis of songs available in print in the US, and a complete list of solo songs for each. Musical examples are given for 175 songs, demonstrating a variety of compositional techniques and lyrical text settings, and illustrating characteristics of orientalism (Moorish) and cante jondo (gypsy) elements, as well as influences such as the German lied and French mZlodie. The final chapter lists contemporary composers and considers the difficulties in researching music by women composers. Complete with a foreword by Nico Castel, a bibliography, and additional indexes, Art Song Composers of Spain proves the importance of the Spanish song as an essential part of vocal training and concert repertoire.

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Major Composers Born 1775 to 1800
Minor Composers Born 1775 to 1800
Major Composers Born 1801 to 1825
Minor Composers Born 1801 to 1825
Major Composers Born 1826 to 1850
Minor Composers Born 1826 to 1850
Major Composers Born 1851 to 1875
Minor Composers Born 1851 to 1875
Minor Composers Born Since 1875
The Challenge for Further Research
A Selected Guide to European Spanish Song
Song Index
Composer Index
General Index
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Major Composers Born Since 1875

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About the author (2009)

Suzanne Rhodes Draayer is professor of voice and related studies at Winona State University. She is the author of A Singer's Guide to the Songs of Joaquín Rodrigo (2003) and Canciones de España: Songs of Nineteenth-Century Spain Volume 1 (2003), Volume 2 (2005), and Volume 3 (2007).