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The Art of the Song Recital [Paperback]

Shirlee Emmons , Stanley Sonntag

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Oct. 15 2001 1577662202 978-1577662204
The definitive work in its field! Since its original publication, the Emmons-Sonntag text has continually stood out as the definitive work on the song recital. The book presents imaginative advice and practical techniques for producing successful recitals and kindling audience excitement. Every aspect of the recital is covered, from building programs and the use of acting skills to the relationship between the singer and the accompanist. Singers of all levels and backgrounds will benefit from the authors’ vast experience in the performance of song recitals as a singer/accompanist team. The comprehensive repertoire lists, now organized by voice and instrumentation as well as by composer, appeal to both students and professional musicians. Readers will agree that the authors have met their goal of providing “extensive, thoroughgoing, and definitive insights into the attributes that can render the song recital at once a great art and a magnificent entertainment.” Includes new, 25-page Repertoire Lists by Voice and Instrument(s).

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"Should be on the shelf of every voice teacher as well as in music libraries." --Richard LeSueur, MLA Notes

"Emmons and Sonntag have made a unique, valuable and remarkably sane contribution . . . I especially appreciate their positive approach to the music of our own century." -- Suzanne Roy, Penn State University

"Impressively organized and germane to just about every facet of the song recital I can think of--an invaluable guide and reference." -- Pamela Lewis, Carnegie-Mellon University

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for teachers of singing. July 17 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Emmons gives clear instruction and good advice about constructing, preparing for, and executing song recitals. She includes specific examples of recital programs for different levels of singers and for different kinds of recitals. One of the most useful tools in the book is an appendix of suggested songs for voice types and with different instrumentation.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than informational, no less than inspiring Jan. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The most useful tools are the repertoire lists and sample programs. However, Emmons/Sonntag have put together a most universal approach for all parties involved in the recital including inspiring information of what often seems to be a lost art form.
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Vocal Artists and Voice Teachers Dec 25 2013
By Carrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must have for vocal performers (mostly those of classical background) and voice teachers and alike. Full of knowledge, Emmons and Sonntag do not disappoint...on most things. I really love reading non-fiction and learning anything related to music and vocal performance. However, I found this book to be an extremely dry read. There are parts that are much more "entertaining" but I wish this book was a little more captivating on a topic that many people may find dull.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Largely a waste of paper! Aug. 19 2010
By Emmanuel - Published on Amazon.com
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As an experienced international recitalist and teacher, I bought this book because it's title suggests that it would be a useful resource for my students who are typically young, aspiring professional singers. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. This book repeatedly states the blindingly obvious, offers questionable opinions as facts, and proposes some highly impractical programme options. For better advice buy books by Sergius Kagen!

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