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Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation by Johann Adam Hiller

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511037184

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  • Hiller's Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation was published in Germany in 1780 and is an important manual on vocal technique and performance in the eighteenth century. This present edition, translated with an introduction and extensive commentary by musicologist Suzanne J. Beicken, makes the treatise available for the first time in English. With its emphasis on practical aspects of ornamentation, declamation and style it will be valuable to instrumentalists as well as singers and is a significant contribution to the understanding of performance practice in the eighteenth century.

    • An important manual on vocal technique and performance in the eighteenth century available for the first time in English
    • Emphasizes practical aspects of performance practice and will be valuable to instrumentalists and singers alike
    • A significant contribution to the understanding of performance practice in the eighteenth century
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    "I find this translation well organized, simple, and easily accessible...Not only does the book explain his technique and philosophy of art and aesthetics, but also offers numerous examples of invaluable insights into historic performance practice." --Opera Journal

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511037184
    • contains: 132 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Translator's introduction and commentary
    Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation: Preface
    Dedication
    1. On the qualities of the human voice and its improvement
    2. On good performance and how to use the voice
    3. On good performance, with regard to text and music
    4. On good performance, with regard to ornaments
    5. On good performance, with regard to Passaggi
    6. On good performance, with regard to the various genres of vocal forms and in consideration of performing in various places
    7. On Cadenzas
    8. On arbitrary variations of the Aria
    Appendix: biographical information on singers and composers mentioned by Hiller
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Johann Adam Hiller

    Editor and Translator

    Suzanne J. Beicken, University of Maryland, College Park
    Suzanne J. Beicken is Lecturer in Historical Musicology at the University of Maryland and is also a performer, concert manager and music administrator. She is founder of the award-winning Maryland Boys Choir.

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