Music for Sightsinging / Edition 6

Music for Sightsinging / Edition 6

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by Robert Ottman
     
 

The study of sight singing is one of the most important means of developing the ability to recognize ("to hear") mentally the sound of music notation on the printed page without the necessity of recourse to a musical instrument. For the professional musician, performer, or teacher, this skill is a necessity, while for others, achievement will greatly amplify the

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The study of sight singing is one of the most important means of developing the ability to recognize ("to hear") mentally the sound of music notation on the printed page without the necessity of recourse to a musical instrument. For the professional musician, performer, or teacher, this skill is a necessity, while for others, achievement will greatly amplify the pleasures of musical activity in performance and listening.

To achieve success in sight singing, students must have large numbers of melodies available for practice. Once a melody has been sung, repetition is no longer "singing at first sight," although reviewing for study purposes is highly recommended. To this end, this volume includes 1,199 examples. Most of these are chosen from worldwide folk sources and a wide variety of composed music, ranging from melodies simpler than Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to excerpts from Bartok string quartets. The remaining examples, written by the author, provide practice for rhythm alone, and for singing melodies composed only of adjacent scale steps, valuable for initial study but rarely found in music literature.

Each chapter presents only one new problem, either in rhythm or in melody, allowing students to concentrate on the newly introduced feature. Otherwise, no chapter will include any material not already presented in earlier chapters. For the dedicated student, this careful selection and grading of melodies guarantees steady and rewarding progress to a successful accomplishment of sight singing skills. Some of the changes in the new edition include:

  • Additional melodies incorporating modulation and other uses of chromaticism.
  • In manychapters, order of materials reorganized to reflect a better sequence from easy to more difficult.
  • Revised and/or added materials in introductory statements, especially in the subjects of the hemiola, melodic use of the Neapolitan sixth harmony, and twentieth-century music.
  • Numerous new melodies, including a "find" of easy but effective melodies by Schubert, especially in modulation and syncopation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131896628
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/14/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.68(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Melody: Scale-Line Movement, Major Keys1
2Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad, Major Keys21
3Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad, Major Keys38
4Melody: Minor Keys; Intervals from the Tonic Triad53
5Melody: Intervals from the Dominant (V) Triad; Major and Minor Keys64
6The C Clefs: Alto and Tenor Clefs83
7Melody: Further Use of Diatonic Intervals94
8Melody: Intervals from the Dominant Seventh Chord (V[superscript 7]); Other Diatonic Intervals of the Seventh110
9Rhythm: The Subdivision of the Beat; the Simple Beat into Four Parts; the Compound Beat into Six Parts122
10Melody: Intervals from the Tonic and Dominant Triads133
11Melody: Further Use of Diatonic Intervals140
12Melody: Chromaticism (I): Chromatic Tones; the Dominant of the Dominant (V/V) Harmony; Modulation to the Key of the Dominant158
13Melody: Chromaticism (II): Modulation to Closely Related Keys; Additional Secondary Dominant Harmonies179
14Rhythm: Syncopation207
15Rhythm: Triplet Division of Undotted Note Values; Duplet Division of Dotted Note Values236
16Rhythm: Changing Time Signatures; the Hemiola; Less Common Time Signatures260
17Rhythm: Further Subdivision of the Beat; Notation in Slow Tempi280
18Melody: Chromaticism (III): Additional Uses of Chromatic Tones; Remote Modulation292
19Melody: The Medieval Modes309
20Twentieth-Century Melody328
Appendix: Musical Terms357

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