The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 29, 2009 - Music - 298 pages
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This is a completely revised and expanded second edition of The Broadway Song Companion, the first complete guide and access point to the vast literature of the Broadway musical for the solo performer. Designed with the working actor in mind, the volume lists every song from over 300 Broadway shows, including at least 90 more than the first edition. Organized by show, each song is annotated with the name of the character(s) who sing(s) the song, the vocal range, and a style category, such as uptempo, narrative ballad, swing ballad, moderate character piece, etc. Several indexes are supplied, organizing the songs by voice type (soprano, baritone, etc.) and song style, vocal arrangement (duets, trios, chorus, etc.), and composer and lyricist, allowing increased access to the repertoire. For instance, a soprano looking for a ballad to sing will find every song in that category in the index. All solos, duets, and trios are indexed in this manner, with quartets and larger ensembles listed by voice type. Furthermore, the instant breakdowns (how many lead characters, who sings what song, and the range requirements of each character) will be a valuable resource to directors and producers.
 

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User Review  - Delaney Wilbur - Goodreads

Before I bought this book I used to go to the university library almost every weekend to copy pages from it. It is the most complete and informative recourse when looking for musical theater rep. I'm so glad I bought this book! Read full review

Review: The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style

User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

This is a cool idea. It lists Broadway shows going back more than a century and the songs in each show. For each song, it lists the character/s who sing it, the vocal range required for solo parts ... Read full review

Contents

Indexes
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Publishers Addresses and Websites
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About the Author
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About the author (2009)

David P. DeVenney is professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at West Chester University.

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