Heart to Heart: Expressive Singing in England, 1780-1830
This book establishes the principles of interpretation that singers active in England (both foreign and English) applied to recitatives, arias, and songs, by composers such as Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. Expression lay at the heart of persuasive singing during the late eighteenth and earlynineteenth centuries and Robert Toft here ably places the concept and its practices in a broad cultural perspective. Singing was related closely to speaking in this period: when the techniques of delivery that were common to both arts (emphasis, accent, tone of voice, pauses, breathing, and gesture)are combined with resources peculiar to singing (portamento, messa di voce, tempo, rubato, vibrato, and ornamentation), the style which emerges differs markedly from that of the late twentieth century. Most singers today perform the repertoire of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but until now no book has addressed the principles which governed song performance in this period or shown how historical understandings may be used to move and delight modern audiences.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
accent accotding Addison aftet Anfossi Angelica Catalani anothet appeat appoggiatutas apptoach atticulated Bayly befote Btaham bteath cadenzas chatactet composets consideted Cotn Cotti degtee delivety desctibed diffetent Domenico Don Giovanni eatly nineteenth centuties Egestotf eithet Elizabeth Billington embellishments evety exptession Fettati fitst fot example fotce fotm ftequently ftom Gatdinet gestute gtace gteat Handel handwtitten heatt howevet illusttate impottant inttoduced Isaac Nathan Jephtha John Addison Lanza legato listenets lowet mannet Manuel Gatcia matked melody membet Molineux mote Mozatt Nathan natutal notation numbet obsetved occuts opeta otdet othet hand otnamentation ovet passage passion patt patticulatly pauses petfotmance petfotmets petiod phtase pottamento powet ptactices ptinciples ptoduced ptovide QMMR Rossini sepatate sevetal shott similat singets song soutces sttong style sung syllables teceived tecitative tefet tegistet tempo tendet tepeated tepetition teptesented tequited tetm theit thete thtough tteatises tutn vatied vatiety vatious vety vocal voice wete whete wotds Wotdswotth wtitets wtitten