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Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature Paperback – Oct 10 2006
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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.
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.
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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