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“As the Old Italians Said—”

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0045
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter comments on the use of the phrase “as the old Italians said” when introducing different singing techniques during voice lessons. Some North American singers feel that unless they study ... More


Che vuol cantare? The Lesson Scene of Il barbiere di Siviglia

Hilary Poriss

in Changing the Score: Arias, Prima Donnas, and the Authority of Performance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195386714
eISBN:
9780199852512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386714.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Opera

In contrast with the other bel canto operas that were able to continuously circulate along the repertory, and unlike the scenes in those operas that used to be often subjected to interpolations and ... More


The Two Poles of Bel Canto

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0028
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the two factors that continue to form the basis of all good technical singing throughout the period known as “bel canto”: sostenuto and coloratura. There is a tendency today ... More


The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds

Martha Feldman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520279490
eISBN:
9780520962033
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279490.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Castrato is the first book to explore in depth why innumerable boys were castrated for singing between the mid-sixteenth century and late nineteenth century. It shows that although the practice ... More


Chopin Among the Pianists in Paris

Sandra P. Rosenblum

in Chopin and His World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691177755
eISBN:
9781400889006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177755.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter demonstrates how, while in the French capital, Chopin immersed himself in the world of opera and developed friendships with numerous opera stars. The French grand opéra influenced his ... More


Rhythm versus Beat

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0039
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that beat is detrimental to rhythm in music. A common error among unskilled singers is to retain speech-inflection rhythms even when a melodic contour stretches out the phrase ... More


Late Tonadillas

Elisabeth Le Guin

in The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520276307
eISBN:
9780520956902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276307.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

José Subirá, author of the monumental 1932 study of the tonadillas that remains the core text about this genre, caustically dismissed post-1790 tonadillas for their increasing reliance on Italian bel ... More


Musical Polemic: On “Dilettanti”

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

In this early letter to the editor, Berlioz pretends ignorance about “dilettantes,” and simulates a conversation with an expert who fills him in. Dilettantes, we learn, patronize the Théâtre-Italien ... More


Gabussi’s Ernani at the Théâtre-Italien

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

Although no fan of the Théâtre-Italien, Berlioz cannot resist going to see an opera on the subject of Hugo’s drama of 1830, object of the famous Battle of Hernani. Likewise, this anthology cannot ... More


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