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Editor: King, Mary
Series: Boosey Voice Coach
Instrumentation: High Voice, Piano
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
Buy Together For: $40.46
The Boosey Voice Coach is an entirely new concept in vocal training. Not a self-teaching manual, and not filled with off-putting diagrams, this series is a wholly practical guide to singing – learning about technique and interpretation through the repertoire itself. Each volume is devoted to singing in one particular language or to singing in a specific context.
In each volume of the series, works from the vocal canon have been selected specifically by Mary King for their technical and musical challenges. Each piece is discussed at length, starting with the words (‘Text’), moving to general advice about how the song might be approached (‘Notes’), and then addressing the technical difficulties the music presents (‘Skills’). Expressed in clear language, Mary King’s approach is direct, practical and not limited to one particular teaching method. Any student will find that these books enrich and complement their vocal studies.
German can seem like an awkward language to sing – there are just too many consonants! And there are lots of regional differences in accent: is there a ‘correct’ pronunciation? What exactly is an Umlaut? Why is ‘ss’ sometimes written ‘ß’ and does it make a difference? This book addresses all these points and more, giving singers the confidence to approach repertoire in German.
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