With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy

With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy

by Robert Toft

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199382033
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2015
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Toft has pursued a career as a vocal coach, accompanist, and researcher. He has published five books on the performance practices of singing between the 16th and 19th centuries and has given master classes, workshops, and lectures on historically-informed performance in Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and the USA. He is Professor of Music at Western University in London, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction
An Age of Rhetorical Persuasion

Part 1 Preparing the Text
Words Appropriately Fitted to the Notes

Part 2 Elocutio : Fine Words and Music
Every Trope, Every Figure

Part 3 Pronunciatio: Singing Eloquently and Acting Aptly
1. The Art of Vocal Delivery
All the Senses Satisfied
Accent and Emphasis
Pronouncing Distinctly
Figures and Passionate Ornaments Made Manifest
2. A Garden of Embellishment
Divisions
Graces
Part Songs
3. Action

Part 4 Passionate Ayres Pronounced
1. The Prosopopoeia in England
John Dowland, "Sorrow stay"
John Dowland, "In darknesse let mee dwell"
2. Affetto cantando and Consort Singing in Italy
Giulio Caccini, "Deh dove son fuggiti"
Claudio Monteverdi, "Baci soavi e cari"

Appendix
Understanding Learned Compositions
The Addition of Sharps and Flats

Glossary

References

Index

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