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The Cambridge Companion to Singing

The Cambridge Companion to Singing

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John Potter, John Schaefer, Richard Middleton, David Toop, Stephen Banfield, John Rosselli, Stephen Varcoe, Timothy Day, Neely Bruce, Heikki Liimola, Joseph Dyer, Richard Wistreich, Linda Hirst, David Wright, David Mason, Felicity Laurence, Johan Sundberg
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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521627092

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About the Authors
  • This is the only book to cover in detail so many aspects of the voice, ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond. Almost anything one wants to know about singing practices and singing styles can be found here in chapters that cover world music, rock, rap and jazz; European art song, ensemble singing, the English cathedral tradition and the choral movement in the United States; Renaissance, Baroque and Classical singing treatises, contemporary vocal techniques, children's choirs and the teaching of singing today. The contributors are leading international performers and specialists.

    • Provides a truly comprehensive coverage of singing of all kinds, classical and popular
    • Edited by a member of the world famous vocal group The Hilliard Ensemble
    • Contributors are top professionals from the UK, Europe and the US, many of them well-known performers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This unique volume is highly recommended for its depth of coverage, uniformly accessible writing, and very reasonable price." Library Journal, August 2000

    "With such distinguished authorities as Stephen Banfield, John Rosselli, Stephen Varcoe, and David Mason contributing, the guide covers its wide range of topics accessibly as well as thoroughly for a one-volume work. Those for whom singing is a joyous activity will treasure the book and learn much about the vocal arts that might otherwise take years of personal research." Alan Hirsch, Booklist

    "The volume is full of valuable knowledge, transmitted with warmth and enthusiasm..." Annabella Bankhouse, The Times Literary Supplement

    "...this book appeals to a wide audience with one thing in common: a love of singing." Chamber Music

    "This companion constitutes a general summary of 'where we have come from' at the turn of the century/millennium and suggests that future generations will have to take popular and world culture much more seriously...will interest singers, voice teachers, music theater teachers and practitioners, musicologists, and those who pursue studies in popular culture and interdisciplinary studies involving music." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521627092
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 16 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction: singing at the turn of the century John Potter
    Part I. Popular Traditions:
    2. 'Songlines': vocal traditions in world music John Schaefer
    3. Rock singing Richard Middleton
    4. The evolving language of rap David Toop
    5. Jazz singing: the first hundred years John Potter
    Part II. The Voice in the Theatre:
    6. Stage and screen entertainers in the twentieth century Stephen Banfield
    7. Song into theatre: the beginnings of opera John Rosselli
    8. Grand opera: nineteenth-century revolution and twentieth-century tradition John Rosselli
    Part III. Choral Music and Song:
    9. European art song Stephen Varcoe
    10. English cathedral choirs in the twentieth century Timothy Day
    11. Sacred choral music in the United States: an overview Neely Bruce
    Part IV. Performance Practices:
    12. Some notes on choral singing Heikki Liimola
    13. Ensemble singing John Potter
    14. The voice in the Middle Ages Joseph Dyer
    15. Reconstructing pre-Romantic singing technique Richard Wistreich
    16. Alternative voices: contemporary vocal techniques Linda Hirst and David Wright
    17. The teaching (and learning) of singing David Mason
    18. Children's singing Felicity Laurence
    19. Where does the sound come from? Johan Sundberg
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  • Editor

    John Potter, University of York
    John Potter is the author of Vocal Authority (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Tenor: History of a Voice (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has contributed articles to many academic journals and chapters to other books, including The Cambridge History of Medieval Music (forthcoming) and The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012). He is Reader Emeritus in Music at the University of York, having stepped down from his lectureship in 2010 to focus on his portfolio of freelance projects. His most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, is A History of Singing (jointly authored with ethnomusicologist Neil Sorrell). As a singer, John has partnerships with instrumentalists in various parts of the world, notably the Argentinian lutenist and vihuelist Ariel Abramovich, the American medieval harpist Jan Walters and the British electro-acoustic composer Ambrose Field. He also sings with Red Byrd, The Dowland Project, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and German group The Sound and the Fury. His most recent venture is Cantum Pulcriorum Invenire, a research project at the University of Southampton, which will see the release of three CDs of twelfth-century music on Hyperion, and a multimedia live version with tenor Christopher O'Gorman and video artist Michael Lynch. John spent eighteen years with the Hilliard Ensemble and his complete discography runs to some 150 titles. He also coaches vocal ensembles all over the world and chairs the ensemble contest jury at the Tampere Vocal Festival (Finland).


    John Potter, John Schaefer, Richard Middleton, David Toop, Stephen Banfield, John Rosselli, Stephen Varcoe, Timothy Day, Neely Bruce, Heikki Liimola, Joseph Dyer, Richard Wistreich, Linda Hirst, David Wright, David Mason, Felicity Laurence, Johan Sundberg

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