Diction in context : singing in English, Italian, German, and French /

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Smith, Brenda


San Diego : Plural Publishing, Incorporated,, United States, p.1 online resource (2019)

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Diction., English language, French language, German language, Italian language, Pronunciation., Singing


Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 26, 2019)Includes bibliographical references and index.Intro -- Introduction -- A Message to Students -- A Message to Teachers -- Acknowledgments -- Reviewers -- 1. Gathering the Tools -- Introduction -- Meaning -- Pronunciation -- Articulation -- Enunciation -- Punctuation -- Cultural Context -- The Anatomy of Diction -- The Mechanics of Diction -- Classifications of Vowels -- Classifications of Consonants -- Diction and Vocal Health -- The Rainbow Passage -- Interpretation: Where to Begin -- What Do Singers Sing About? -- Where Were Songs Sung and Why? -- Why Do We Sing as We Do? -- How Is Love Expressed in English?What Is the Italian View of Love? -- How Do Germans Interpret the Concept of Love? -- Do the French Have Different Views of Love? -- Love and the Seasons -- Singer's Diction: Poetry in Song -- Discussion Questions -- Orpheus and His Lyre -- Can Poetry Be Defined? -- What Is Poetry? -- Who Writes Poetry, When, and Why? -- How Should Poetry Be Read? -- How Does a Singer Approach a Poem Set to Music? -- Why Is Close Reading Important for Singing and Diction? -- Discussion Questions -- The International Phonetic Alphabet: History and Use -- Rules of the Road -- Essential VocabularyAdditional Tools -- Terms from Greek Mythology and Roman Legend -- Literary Symbols -- Translations: Literal, "Singable," and Poetic -- Rhythm -- Rhyme -- Symbols -- Expressivity of Vowels and Consonants -- Literal or "Word-by-Word" Translations -- Singable Translations -- Poetic Translations/Equivalent -- Conclusion -- References -- 2. English -- The Sounds of English -- Singing in English: Why Is English Such a Challenge? -- Singing in English: How Is Singing English Different From Speaking English? -- The Sounds of English -- English Vowel Sounds: The Cornerstones of Singer's DictionEnglish Consonants -- Study Guide: English Consonant Sounds -- Practicing Vowel Spellings in English -- The Parts of Speech and Elements of Syntax in English -- Component Parts of English Sentences -- William Shakespeare: The Place to Start in English -- Early English Song -- Lute Songs and Their Lyrics Defined -- Discussion Questions -- Diction in Context: Comparative Listening Exercises -- English Ayres -- John Dowland (1563-1626) -- Philip Rosseter (1568-1623) -- Thomas Morley (1557-1602) -- Early Opera, Oratorios, and Airs -- Henry Purcell (1659-1695) -- George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)Thomas Arne (1710-1778) -- George Munro (1685-1731) -- English Diction First Presentations -- Repertoire Suggestions -- Duet Settings -- Poetry and Song in 19th- and 20th-Century England -- William Blake (1757-1823): Poet, Painter, and Printmaker -- The Brownings: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) and Robert Browning (1812-1889) -- The Rossettis: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) -- Ivor Gurney (1890-1937): Poet and Composer -- A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Poet Whose Words Sparked British and American Song -- The 19th- and 20th-Century American SongThis unique and highly practical textbook is designed for singers learning to sing in English, Italian, German, and French. Each chapter is designed for use in diction courses in academic music and voice programs, helping students learn through pronunciation, articulation, enunciation, punctuation, and cultural context in each language.