The art songs of Louise Talma

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New York, NY : Routledge,, Volume no. 9, United States, p.xi, 290 pages : (2017)



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20th century, History and criticism., Songs


Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274) and index (pages 287-290).Reading Talma's songs. A brief overview of Talma's life ; Talma's compositional language ; Appropriate research methodologies ; Concerning this volume -- Songs of mourning and love. "Invocation to the rain" (1925) ; "On the surface of things" (1926-1927) ; "When the storm breaks" (1927-1928) ; "Song in the songless" (1928) ; Five sonnets from the Portuguese ; Vocal ranges in the early songs -- Farewell to youth. Terre de France (1945) ; Vocal Range -- A haunted psyche. Seven songs -- Metaphors of music. Infanta Marina (1988) ; "Finis" (1993) -- Appendix 1 : Sources on the vocal works of Louise Talma -- Appendix 2 : The complete works for voice by Louise Talma -- Appendix 3 : Recordings of Talma's vocal works.The Art Songs of Louise Talma presents some of Talma's finest compositions and those most frequently performed during her life. It includes pieces appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers and collaborative pianists. The songs include text settings of American, English, and French poets and writers, including Native American poems, works by W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, John Donne, Gerald Manley Hopkins, William Shakespeare, and Wallace Stevens, as well as poems from medieval France and religious texts. Because of the popularity of Talma's choral works and the fact that her works for voice and piano were performed often, this sourcebook will be useful to singers at all stages of their careers, as well as scholars of twentieth-century music as a whole. The diversity of compositional approaches Talma used provides a snapshot of American trends in composition during the twentieth century; during the course of her career, Talma moved from neo-classicism to serialism and finally to non-strict serial-derived atonality in her works. Inclusion of performance and reception histories of the songs helps trace changing public taste in American art song and the repertoire of performers, particularly those interested in contemporary music [Publisher description]