National Schools Of Singing / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1977, Scarecrow Press published Richard Miller's study, English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing: A Study in National Tonal Preferences and How They Relate to Functional Efficiency. He compared the historic and then current techniques practiced in the four major Western European schools of vocalism and evaluated technical maneuvers found within each.Recent years have placed greater demands on the vocal talents of professional singers with the growth of performance spaces, the emergence of the stage director, louder orchestral sound, and even the infusion of pop culture sounds into traditional music. As "world culture" continues to expand, and vocal talent becomes more homogenous, the need for continued recognition of lingering national and regional vocal training techniques becomes more important for the singer's quest to develop a certain style. This update of Miller's original study incorporates these new concerns with a continued investigation into which techniques within the national schools are common to them all and which idiosyncratic regional tendencies remain.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Singing
...it is both encouraging and refreshing to discover that two decades of scientific advances and pedagogical progress have not diminished the book's uniqueness or importance...any professional voice studio or library will be seriously incomplete without this pre-eminent study.
CHOICE
...Miller's study has been neither surpassed nor even challenged and is now reissued in a handsomer and more enduring edition.
David Lennox
...brought it out again beautifully printed, handsomely bound and with a different title...of value (as always with this author)
Journal Of Singing
...it is both encouraging and refreshing to discover that two decades of scientific advances and pedagogical progress have not diminished the book's uniqueness or importance...any professional voice studio or library will be seriously incomplete without this pre-eminent study.
Choice
...Miller's study has been neither surpassed nor even challenged and is now reissued in a handsomer and more enduring edition.
Choice
...Miller's study has been neither surpassed nor even challenged and is now reiussed in a handsomer and more enduring edition..
Journal Of Singing
...it is both encouraging and refreshing to discover that two decades of scientific advances and pedagogical progress have not diminished the book's uniqueness or importance...any professional voice studio or library will be seriously incomplete without this preemimnent study..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810845800
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Known internationally for master classes and institutes in systemic vocal techniques and artistic interpretation, Richard Miller is Professor of Singing and Director of the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He also serves as adjunct staff member in the department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Cleveland Clinic, is an Associate of Collegium Medicorum Theatri, and a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Multiplicity of Tonal Ideals
Purpose of This Study
Areas of Pedagogical Controversy
Information Regarding This Study
I The Attack
II The Mechanics of Breath Management
III Breath Management Techniques in the German School
IV Breath Management Techniques in the English School
V Breath Management Techniques in the French and Italian Schools
VI Techniques of Vowel Formation in Singing
VII Techniques of Resonance in Singing
VIII Laryngeal Positioning
IX Vibrato and National Tendencies
X Vocal Registration and National Attitudes
XI Registration Events and Voice Categorization
XII Vowel Modification
XIII The Soprano Voice
XIV The Mezzo and Contralto Voices
XV The Tenor Voice
XVI The Baritone and Bass Voices
XVII The Role of Language in National Pedagogies
XVIII National Temperament and Vocal Ideals
XIX International Tonal Ideals
XX The North American Singer and the National Schools
Notes
I Institutions Visited in Connection with This Study
II IPA Symbols Used in This Volume
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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