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Introduction to the Art of Singing by Johann Friedrich Agricola

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031011

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  • Agricola published Introduction to the Art of Singing in Germany in 1757, consisting of the 1723 treatise of the Italian singing teacher and castrato, Tosi, to which Agricola added his own running commentary. The Introduction was recognized as invaluable not only for teachers and their pupils but also for advanced singers and professionals. This present edition, translated with introduction and annotations by the celebrated singer Julianne Baird, makes Agricola's work available for the first time in English. Tosi's work was the first basic treatise on singing; Agricola, a pupil of J.S. Bach at the court of Frederick the Great, brought Tosi's work "up-to-date." His commentaries are so extensive that the Introduction stands on its own as an important document in the history of performance practice.

    • An English translation of the first treatise on singing, translated and annotated by a celebrated soprano, Julianne Baird
    • Invaluable document for the history of performance practice and modern authentic performance
    • Insight into the culture and music of the court of Frederick the Great
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    'Julianne C. Baird has performed an important service in making available an edited translation of his principal publication.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031011
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 250 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Agricola's treatise
    Introduction to the art of singing
    Translator's preface
    Foreword of the author
    Introduction of the author
    1. Observations for the use of the singing teacher
    2. Concerning appoggiaturas
    3. Concerning trills
    4. Concerning divisions
    5. Concerning recitative
    6. Remarks intended especially for the music student
    7. Concerning arias
    8. Concerning cadenzas
    9. Remarks for the use of the professional singer
    10. Concerning improvised variations of melodies

  • Author

    Johann Friedrich Agricola

    Editor and Translator

    Julianne C. Baird, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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