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Researching the Song by Shirlee Emmons
Book DescriptionSingers are faced with a unique challenge among musicians: they must express not just the music, but the lyrics too. To effectively communicate the meaning behind these words, singers must understand the many references embedded in the vast international repertoire of great art songs. They must deal with the meaning of the lyrics, frequently in a language not their own and of a culture unfamiliar to them. From Zelter and Schubert to Rorem and Musto, Researching the Song serves as an invaluable guide for performers, teachers, and enthusiasts to the art song repertoire. Its more than 2,000 carefully researched entries supply information on most of the mythological, historical, geographical, and literary references contained in western art song. The authors explain the meaning of less familiar literary terms, figures, and authors referenced in song while placing songs in the context of larger literary sources. Readers will find entries dealing with art songs from the German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, South American, Greek, Finnish, Scandinavian, and both American and British English repertoires. Sources, narratives, and explanations of major song cycles are also given. Organized alphabetically, the lexicon includes brief biographies of poets, lists of composers who set each poet's work, bibliographic materials, and brief synopses of major works from which song texts were taken, including the plots of all Restoration theater works containing Purcell's vocal music. The more performers know and understand the literary elements of a song, the richer their communication will be. Researching the Song is a vital aid for singers and teachers in interpreting art songs and building song recital programs.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195373103
(252mm x 176mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shirlee Emmons
Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Hardback (March 2006)
Prescriptions for Choral Excellence presents the most up-to-date research in voice science, and leadership and performance psychology. In layman's terms, it addresses the topics most relevant to choirs, and provides instruction on how to apply the concepts in day-to-day rehearsal and performance.
Researching the Song, Hardback (February 2006)
Contains more than 2,000 entries that supply information on the mythological, historical, geographical, and literary references contained in western art song. This lexicon helps singers and accompanists enhance their performances of songs, by providing them with the background on the many references embedded in this vast repertoire.
Power Performance for Singers, Hardback (August 1998)» View all books by Shirlee Emmons
To perform well, a singer must be able to handle incredible pressure within the performing arena. Written as a self-help manual for singers at all levels of expertise, this book is designed to teach performing artists how to experience elite performance at their level.
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Author Biography - Shirlee Emmons
Shirlee Emmons is a voice teacher of considerable renown and has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston, and Rutgers Universities. She is an Obie award winning singer and the first and only female Chair of the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Wilbur Watkin Lewis is a music educator and performer. He maintains a private studio and teaches General and Vocal Music in the Elizabeth, NJ Public Schools and has taught at Rutgers-Newark University and Bergen Community College. He began his studies of art songs twenty-five years ago while a student of Shirlee Emmons and Stanley Sonntag.
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