Singing and Imagination: A Human Approach to a Great Musical Tradition

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Overview

This book is written on the belief that the essential basic principles underlying good singing are in themselves rather few, and very simple, but that their application is amazingly varied in light of the individual's needs. It is not intended as a manual of voice production, and does not concern itself with medical matters, nor directly with anatomy, physiology, and acoustics.

While not belittling the value of appropriate scientific investigation, Thomas Hemsley believes that modern methods of training have gone too far in the direction of the materialistic approach; that singing in all its aspects and at all times should be guided by the imagination, the feelings, and the intuition; that we have become so pre-occupied by voice per se and the vocal function since the advent of vocal science, that we too easily forget that singing is not voice, but modification of voice - "not only a language through which we understand the emotions of others, but also a means of exciting our sympathy with such emotions," (H. Spencer). This book can be seen as an attempt to redress the balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198790167
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired singer.

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Table of Contents

List of Music Examples
Pt. I General Introduction 1
Pt. II The Basic Principles 17
Readiness to Sing: The Raw Material 19
Posture 27
Impulse, Intention, and the Anacrusis 41
Impulse 41
Intention 46
The Anacrusis and the Start of the Tone 49
Practical Hints: The Head-Voice and the Imposto 51
Colour 59
Voice Qualities 61
Mood 66
Text 76
Harmony 77
Falsetto 79
The Importance of Good Diction 83
The Singer's Ear 91
The Pitch-Intensity Effect 93
Breath 97
Pt. III Words and Music 109
The Work of the Imagination: The Study of Vocal Music 111
Legato and Tessitura 157
Legato 157
Tessitura 161
Pulse 171
Pt. IV Performance 183
Bibliography 197
Index 199
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