"German for Singers is a systematic, easy-to-use approach to mastering German diction, including a full range of exercises as well as all the information singers need to develop their own methods for dealing with German vocal literature. Exercises are provided for learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and for learning to transcribe into this universally accepted shorthand system. The full range of German sounds is described, including the many exceptions to the standard rules of pronunciation. And the book is generously illustrated throughout with musical examples from folk and art songs."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
A Handbook of Diction for Singers is a complete guide to achieving professional levels of diction in Italian, German, and French, the major languages of the classical vocal repertory. Written for English-speaking singers, it is an ideal textbook for students of diction and is also invaluable for voice teachers, vocal coaches, and conductors. This unique book combines traditional approaches proven successful in the teaching of diction with important new material not readily available elsewhere. Employing the universally accepted International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), it presents the sounds of each language in logical order, along with essential information on matters such as diacritical marks, syllabification, word stress, and what to look for in dictionaries. A Handbook of Diction for Singers offers thorough and consistent explanations of Italian, German, and French pronunciation issues that typically create the most difficulty for English-speaking singers. It goes into greater detail than comparable texts, providing specific information and discussion of concepts especially important to singers. For Italian, it presents extensive coverage of the execution of phrasal diphthongs, as well as a detailed guide to the occurrences of open and closed e and o. For German, the question of when to use glottal attacks in singing is thoroughly discussed, as is the execution of phrasal consonant clusters. The French chapter gives many examples of the correct approaches to mute e (schwa) and glides, and also concisely but thoroughly presents liaison. Particular emphasis is placed on the characteristics of vowel length in all three languages. Illustrated with numerous examples and exercises, A Handbook of Diction for Singers is an exceptional text for courses in diction and a valuable reference source.
This book is a comprehensive guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, widely used for over a century to transcribe the sounds of languages. The Handbook is in three parts: Part I contains an introduction to phonetic description and exemplification of the use of phonetic symbols; Part II consists of twenty-nine "Illustrations" of the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to a range of languages; and Part III covers speech pathology, computer codings, and the history of the IPA. This is an essential reference work for phoneticians and linguists more generally.
List of Musical Examples. Foreword by Pierre Bernac. Preface. 1. An Introduction to Singing in French. 2. Singing the Sounds of the French Language. 3. Liaison. 4. How to Phoneticize and Prepare the Text of a Song or Aria. 5. The Application of Diction Techniques to Other Aspects of Singing. 6. A Catalogue of French Vocal Repertoire. Appendix. Index of Vowel-letters, Single and in Combination. Index of Consonant-letters, Single and in Combination. Pronunciation of Proper Nouns Occurring in the Repertoire. Bibliography. Answer Key. Recording Illustrations (Flex-Record).