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The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195099362
eISBN:
9780199864737
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Alternatives to grand opera and popular musical go back at least as far as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, early Stravinsky, and Kurt Weill as well as the Broadway and off-Broadway theater operas of ... More


Patching the Vocal Garment

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/9780195098259.003.0022
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that patching is seldom an effective way of ensuring either the beauty or the longevity of a garment with holes. In the same way, a voice teacher should not resort to patching ... More


Purely a Matter of Taste

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/9780195098259.003.0027
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that what one likes in music, and particularly in singing, is simply a matter of taste. It suggests that vocal taste is an individual matter, and there is no logic in claiming the ... More


Singing the mélodie

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/9780195098259.003.0029
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter explains how the mélodie should be sung. When it comes to singing French music, some non-French singers misjudge both the French people and their song literature. There seems to be a ... More


Self-perception and Performance Reality

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/9780195098259.003.0030
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter explains the correlation between a singer's self-perception of his/her performance and the reality of that performance. Some singers refuse to watch themselves in the mirror, saying that ... More


Liederwurst

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/9780195098259.003.0031
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that producing Liederwurst is neither communicative nor vocally arresting, and that the potential for the communication of the poetry and the music depends upon vocal sound, not ... More


Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!

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/9780195098259.003.0032
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers Seit ich ihn gesehen, the opening song in Robert Schumann's cycle of eight songs comprising the set called Frauenliebe und -Leben. The recording industry has revitalized ... More


Pop Music, Non-Western European Vocal Styles, and Efficient Vocal Function

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/9780195098259.003.0037
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers popular music in relation to non-Western European vocal style and vocal function. Much of Western art owes its characteristics to a commitment to beauty, strength, and health ... More


How Is Legato Achieved in Singing?

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/9780195098259.003.0038
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how legato (from the Italian verb legare, meaning to bind or tie) is achieved in singing. Legato is the result of binding one sound to the next. There is a strong conviction ... More


The Gilda-in-the-Sack School of Singing

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/9780195098259.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter comments on the tendency of some singers to produce one constant volume of tone when singing, with no variation of timbre throughout an aria or an evening. “Softness,” a vocal timbre not ... More


The Lonely Soccer Player

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/9780195098259.003.0060
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on singers who dream of bowing in acknowledgment before an audience that appreciates skillful vocalism, but are unwilling to undertake the drilling tasks that would ensure ... More


What the Vocal Arts Laboratory Can and Cannot Do

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/9780195098259.003.0094
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers what the vocal arts laboratory can and cannot do in the teaching of singing. Expectations are sometimes unrealistic as to what can be learned from objective measurements of the ... More


The Singer and the Otolaryngologist

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/9780195098259.003.0095
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter emphasizes the importance of early consultation between the singer and the otolaryngologist to ensure the former's vocal health. One of the goals of good vocal pedagogy is to induce ... More


Early and Late Bloomers

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/9780195098259.003.0056
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on singers who are considered early bloomers or late bloomers. Chronological age is not a reliable indicator of vocal maturity. A widely held opinion is that the college-age ... More


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