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Exploring Art Song Lyrics: Translation and Pronunciation of the Italian, German and French Repertoire [Hardcover]

Jonathan Retzlaff , Cheri Montgomery

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May 18 2012
Drawing generously from four centuries of Italian, German and French art song, Exploring Art Song Lyrics embraces the finest of the literature and presents the repertoire with unprecedented clarity and detail. Each of the over 750 selections comprises the original poem, a concise English translation, and an IPA transcription, accounting for any unusual musical setting and idiomatic phrasings throughout. Enunciation and transcription charts are included for each language on a single, easy to read page, along with innovative and useful guidelines for transcribing Italian, German and French lyrics. With its wide ranging scope of repertoire, and invaluable tools for interpretation and performance, Exploring Art Song Lyrics is an essential resource for the professional singer, voice teacher, and student.

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"Finally! One book containing our standard song repertoire and much more--meticulously transcribed and beautifully translated. This is the book we will keep closest at hand and recommend to our students. Times 750, herein lies linguistic access to the lyricism, pathos and drama that is song." --Margo Garrett, Professor of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Arts, The Juilliard School

"Superior, inclusive, informative, and best of all, very well-organized and easy to use! Exploring Art Song Lyrics has my highest recommendation!" --Warren Jones, Pianist,
Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, and The Music Academy of the West

"Exploring Art Song Lyrics by Jonathan Retzlaff and Cheri Montgomery is a valuable resource for voice teachers and students of art song alike. It is the most comprehensive phonetic book on the market and includes over 750 readings of ariette, Lieder and mélodies, many of which have never been previously published. I cannot recommend this book highly enough as ancillary material for any voice studio." --Shirley Close, Associate Professor of Voice, Florida State University

"Retzlaff and Montgomery have provided all singers and teachers a very useful resource. The 750 texts are representative of the standard repertoire and the pronunciation guides are well-conceived. This text should be in the library of all who love the singing art." --Stephen King, Professor of Voice, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston Grand Opera Studio

About the Author

Jonathan Retzlaff, lyric baritone, is Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Voice Department at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He returns each summer to teach on the voice faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Devoted to both performance and pedagogy, Retzlaff's background includes a rich knowledge of the art song repertoire which serves as foundation for the wealth of literature in Exploring Art Song Lyrics. Cheri Montgomery is author of The Lyric Diction Workbook Series. Her texts have been adopted by schools and universities across the U.S. and in Canada. Mrs. Montgomery is on the voice faculty at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where she teaches voice, English, Italian, German and French Diction.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource and a must-have for aspiring singers of classical art song. June 16 2014
By JTF - Published on Amazon.com
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After an instructor introduced me to this text in my Diction I course, I immediately purchased it and have referenced it countless times over the past two years of collegiate voice study. Highly recommend this text to my peers and have yet to hear a negative remark from anyone about it. If you're an aspiring classical singer, this is a must-have for your library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great necessity March 25 2014
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This puts many art songs that are performed in one book instead of many, it is clear, and even has a guide for the ipa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Oct. 23 2014
By N. Klingman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent resource. Note: it only has Italian, French and German songs. Strong emphasis on Wolf. It clearly can't include everything! But for what it is, it is excellent!

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