Researching the Song: A Lexicon

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'Researching the Song' is a user-friendly lexicon containing more than 2,000 carefully researched entries that supply information on most of the mythological, historical, geographical and literary references contained in western art song.
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"This volume is meant to fill a void in the current literature surrounding research on unfamiliar or hard-to-find terms, concepts, and people in the area of the art song.... This book does an admirable job."—Brad Eden, Fontes Artis Musicae

"This lexicon of Western classical art song explicates literary references (mythological, historical, geographical) and technical terminology associated with the poetic texts of this vast repertory. Intertwined alphabetically with the more than 2,000 topical entries are biographical sketches of poets whose lyrics classical composers have made into song. Curiously, the entries do not regularly refer to specific songs, thereby relinquishing numerous opportunities to point out thematic connections between songs that a student opening the book might be unaware of. The authors' presentation is well researched, concise, and clear; and their rationale for bringing the topical and biographical material together within a single volume has much to recommend it in terms of convenience. Especially for libraries that support active vocal studies programs, this book may well give much useful service."—Choice

"This comprehensive lexicon will prove of assistance to the studio voice teacher and to singers at all levels of accomplishment. Communication of the essence of poetry and drama is essential to the singing art. Researching the Song offers explanations of the mythological, historical, and literary references that serve as foundation for the Lied, the mélodie, and other art-song literatures. A valuable addition to the singer's library."—Richard Miller, Professor of Singing, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

"From the first entry AAWHERE to the last ZWEIG, this remarkable, scholarly lexicon will prove a treasure trove of inestimable value to singers, teachers, and everyone interested in a thorough understanding of the many, and often obscure, literary references found in the poetry of the world's greatest song literature."—Russell Oberlin, Countertenor, Thomas Hunter Professor of Music Emeritus, Hunter College of the City University of New York

"The authors of this encyclopedia of song have offered a labor of love in explaining every conceivable reference, allusion, and personage found in the song repertory, each with bibliographic citation. This book will replace a whole shelf of reference works for singers, accompanists, and their teachers and is a Dictionary of Cultural Literacy for the song lover. Our deepest thanks!"—Lindsey Christiansen, Professor of Voice, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

"Researching the Song is an invaluable reference guide for anyone interested in the art song repertoire. The lexicon will prove indispensable to voice teachers, singers, and all who are interested in classical vocal repertoire."—Journal of Singing

"For the first time ever, a reference work designed to help singers discover the mythological, historical, geographical, and literary references in poetic song texts. The user-friendly Researching the Song by Shirlee Emmons and Wilbur Watkin Lewis is a must for the library of every singer, voice teacher, coach, accompanist, and program planner."—Dr. Robert C. White, Jr., Adjunct Professor of Voice, New York University and Mannes College of Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373103
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirlee Emmons is a voice teacher of considerable renown and has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston, and Rutgers Universities. She is author of Tristanissimo (1990) and co-author of The Art of the Song Recital (1979) and Power Performance for Singers (OUP, 1998). 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 with many years of experience as a performer. He maintains a private studio and teaches General and Vocal Music in the Elizabeth, NJ Public School system and has taught at Rutgers-Newark University and Bergen Community College. He began his study of art songs twenty-five years ago while a student of Shirlee Emmons and Stanley Sonntag.

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