The Cambridge Companion to Singingby John Potter, Jonathan Cross
Pub. Date: 09/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is the only book to cover in detail so many aspects of the voice, ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond. Almost anything one wants to know about singing practices and singing styles can be found here in chapters that cover world music, rock, rap and jazz; European art song, ensemble singing, the English cathedral tradition and the choral movement in the United States; Renaissance, Baroque and Classical singing treatises, contemporary vocal techniques, children's choirs and the teaching of singing today. The contributors are leading international performers and specialists.
Table of ContentsList 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.
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