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List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: singing at the turn of the century John Potter; Part I. Popular Traditions: 2. 'Songlines': vocal traditions in world music John Schaefer; 3. Rock singing Richard Middleton; 4. The evolving language of rap David Toop; 5. Jazz singing: the first hundred years John Potter; Part II. The Voice in the Theatre: 6. Stage and screen entertainers in the twentieth century Stephen Banfield; 7. Song into theatre: the beginnings of opera John Rosselli; 8. Grand opera: nineteenth-century revolution and twentieth-century tradition John Rosselli; Part III. Choral Music and Song: 9. European art song Stephen Varcoe; 10. English cathedral choirs in the twentieth century Timothy Day; 11. Sacred choral music in the United States: an overview Neely Bruce; Part IV. Performance Practices: 12. Some notes on choral singing Heikki Liimola; 13. Ensemble singing John Potter; 14. The voice in the Middle Ages Joseph Dyer; 15. Reconstructing pre-Romantic singing technique Richard Wistreich; 16. Alternative voices: contemporary vocal techniques Linda Hirst and David Wright; 17. The teaching (and learning) of singing David Mason; 18. Children's singing Felicity Laurence; 19. Where does the sound come from? Johan Sundberg; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.