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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-278) and index.
1. Introduction: singing at the turn of the century / John Potter
Pt. I. Popular traditions
2. 'Songlines': vocals 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
Pt. 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
Pt. 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
Pt. 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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