Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire

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Scarecrow Press, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 367 pages
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A much-needed guide for singers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, collaborative pianists, and opera and choral conductors. Practical and authoritative, Part One of this pioneering book takes the reader systematically through each sound of the Czech language, enhanced by a recording of native Czech opera singers. The formation of each sound is described, and when useful, compared to English, the Romance languages, German, and Russian. Every sound is assigned an IPA symbol, along with exercises and examples, always with the technical and expressive considerations of the singing voice in mind. Chapters cover the Czech vowels; consonants; rules of assimilation; approaches to singing double consonants; stress and length; Moravian dialect; and an introduction to singing in Slovak. Part Two presents a thorough overview of Czech vocal repertoire, along with the texts to major song literature and opera excerpts by Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, and Haas, with timings, editions, word-for-word translations, idiomatic translations, and IPA transcriptions. Specific works have been chosen for every voice type, and for every level. Even a work ideal for an Opera Workshop scenes program has been selected. Useful appendices list publishers, organizations, and Czech poets.

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Contents

Part
3
The Czech Consonants
29
Double Consonants
79
Assimilation
93
Stress and Length
103
Moravianthe Dialectand
121
Part
129
Bedfich Smetana
155
Bohuslav Martinu
307
Pavel Haas
323
Appendix A Publishers
335
Appendix B Organizations
341
Checklist
347
References
355
Index
361
About the Author
367

Antonin Dvorak
167
Leo Janacek
217
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About the author (2001)

Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of Performing Arts, Vocal Arts at the University of Michigan.

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