Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre
A Style Guide for Singers
Paperback ISBN: 1138914428
The stylistic range required of a musical theatre performer is expansive. From the favourites of Tin Pan Alley to today's international blockbusters, musical roles require the ability to adapt to a panoply of characters and vocal styles. By breaking down these styles and exploring the output of the great composers, this book offers singers and performers an essential handbook. Each composer - from Gilbert and Sullivan and Irving Berlin to Alain Boublil and Andrew Lloyd Weber - is examined through a brief biography, a stylistic overview, and a comprehensive song list with notes on suitable voice types and further reading. Chapters run the gamut of the modern musical, from English light opera through the American golden age up to the 'mega musicals' of the late Twentieth Century, giving today's students and performers an indispensable survey of their craft.
The Sound of Music
Paperback ISBN: 0634050427
This collection includes 13 favorites from the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical arranged for easy piano: Climb Ev'ry Mountain * Do-Re-Mi * Edelweiss * I Have Confidence * The Lonely Goatherd * Maria * My Favorite Things * An Ordinary Couple * Sixteen Going on Seventeen * So Long, Farewell * Something Good * The Sound of Music * Wedding Processional. "An irresistible score that's always in tune!" - Entertainment Weekly
History of a Voice
Paperback ISBN: 0300168934
From its emergence in the sixteenth century to the phenomenon of the Three Tenors” and beyond, the tenor voice has grown in popularity and esteem. This engaging and authoritative bookthe first comprehensive history of tenor singingpresents fascinating details about the world’s great performers, styles of singing in different countries, teachers and music schools, the variety of compositions for the tenor voice, and much more. John Potter begins by surveying the prehistory of the tenor in the medieval period, when Gregorian chant and early polyphony had implications for a voice-type, and proceeds to the sixteenth century, when singers were first identified as tenors. He focuses on many of the greatest tenors-- those who predated the gramophone as well as those whose recorded voices may still be heard--and considers the ways in which each is historically significant. The names range from legendary early figures like Ludwig Schnoor von Carolsfeld (Wagner’s first Tristan) to those more familiar like Enrico Caruso, Richard Tauber, Mario Lanza, Roberto Alagna, Ian Bostridge, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, and, of course, Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras. Admirers of the tenor voice will especially appreciate the book’s unique reference section, with bibliographical and discographical/video information on several hundred tenors.
Training Soprano Voices
Hardcover ISBN: 0195130189
Training Soprano Voices provides a complete and reliable system for training each type of soprano voice. Designed as a practical program for singers, teachers, and voice professionals, it couples historic vocal pedagogy with the latest research on the singing voice, emphasizing the special nature of the soprano voice and the proper physiological functioning for vocal proficiency. Renowned singing teacher Richard Miller supplies a detailed description for each of the nine categories of soprano voices. For each category he then surveys the appropriate literature and provides an effective system for voice building, including techniques for breath management, vibratory response, resonance balancing, language articulation, vocal agility, sostenuto, proper vocal registration, and dynamic control. The book concludes with a daily regimen of vocal development for healthy singing and artistic performance. It also features dozens of technical exercises, vocalization material taken from the performance literature, and numerous anatomical illustrations. Unique in its focus on a single voice, Training Soprano Voices is likely to set the standard in voice training for years to come.