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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (Oct. 10 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142341280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423412809
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8 1999
Format: Paperback
Let me sing my praises for Carol Kimball's much-needed contribution to the study of song repertoire! While broad in scope, it efficiently meets the outlines of the survey course in the classroom as no other book on international song has to date. Yet this treasure chest of titles, valuable background information, and references will serve many an individual singer, teacher, coach, or pianist as well. It is sure to be a staple in every library. Finally, a book on song literature and style that is complete, savvy and useful.
-- Thomas Grubb
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Harwood on Feb. 21 2003
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Excellent survey of the literature in the major European languages. Well-organized, thorough, wonderful bibliographies. Start with this book, check out the references, read the title recommendations, lots of hidden musical gems in here. Buy it first, then search for the references in Amazon or your local library. A splendid service to those who want to know more about classical song literature and its background.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A book that is complete, savvy and useful March 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let me sing my praises for Carol Kimball's much-needed contribution to the study of song repertoire! While broad in scope, it efficiently meets the outlines of the survey course in the classroom as no other book on international song has to date. Yet this treasure chest of titles, valuable background information, and references will serve many an individual singer, teacher, coach, or pianist as well. It is sure to be a staple in every library. Finally, a book on song literature and style that is complete, savvy and useful.
-- Thomas Grubb
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Reference Book, A Must for Any Survey Course Dec 25 2006
By Jean C. Sloop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book occupies a unique place in the entire body of published works for an overview of the art song genre and its development. Dr. Kimball's superb eye for detail has carefully amassed an amazing compilation of biography, analysis, and commentary on the most comprehensive number of composers, spanning all eras of song composition. The introductory

section of the book lays out a practical but not mandatory approach to using the information, in a way that encourages good listening skills and a coherent overview. Additional bibliography provides a very flexible resource for any course structure or further independent study.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Survey Feb. 21 2003
By W. Harwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent survey of the literature in the major European languages. Well-organized, thorough, wonderful bibliographies. Start with this book, check out the references, read the title recommendations, lots of hidden musical gems in here. Buy it first, then search for the references in Amazon or your local library. A splendid service to those who want to know more about classical song literature and its background.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best "accidents" I've ever had! Jan. 20 2008
By Priscilla Stilwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Researching for an accademic paper on the development of the Art song has brought me to Amazon and it's great prices and selection. I bought this book based on the description, assuming that I would find some good resources for my paper and for future research.

When I got this book, I was astonished at the heft of the thing! This book is huge, and is much more than just information on a few songs or composers. "Song" gives a basic introduction to the idea of the Art Song, and then gives ideas on researching and studying the song that is being studied. from there, and for the vast majority of the book, the author completes a thorough, systematic survey of songs, grouping into location of origin (German, French, etc), then by composer in a chronological (earliest to latest) order.

Each of the most important composers of Art Songs is included here, with no glaring omissions that I have found. Each composer is presented, with valuable information on the individual, influence and styles. Then, the most important of that composer's songs (or song cycles) is given the same, thorough, systematic treatment, with more than a page of information and insight into each song.

I will doubtless use this book over and over in order to research my repertoire pieces I am studying, and those I am assigning to my students. I will also be passing this on to my own teacher and my mentor for their libraries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent art song overview June 12 2011
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting and informative survey of western Art Song. This book contains short but thorough biographies of hundreds of art song composers, then breaks down their most important works with relevant information. Each entry also has a list of other important works by the composer that wasn't covered in this book. Another section contains general characteristics about some of the more well known art song composers. It is a list with bullet points that tells about the specific composers' use of harmony, melody, rhythm and other characteristics.

I used this book in an Art Song Literature class and it was a great help to understanding the composers, how they lived, why they composed the way they did, and what makes each song unique. Overall an excellent text that is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Anyone who wants an overview of art song composers and their works would do well to purchase this book. It will certainly be on my shelf for years to come, whether I am listening at home or studying at school.


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