The Cambridge Companion to Singing

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John Potter
Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 2000 - Music - 286 pages
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Ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond, this book covers in detail the many aspects of the voice.
  

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This excellent, single-volume resource aspires to be a comprehensive study of singing throughout history. That it succeeds as well as it does is a remarkable accomplishment. Potter (music, Univ. of ... Read full review

Contents

Songlines vocal traditions in world music
9
Rock singing
28
The evolving language of rap
42
Jazz singing the first hundred years
53
Stage and screen entertainers in the twentieth century
63
Song into theatre the beginnings of opera
83
Grand opera nineteenthcentury revolution and twentiethcentury tradition
96
European art song
111
Ensemble singing
158
The voice in the Middle Ages
165
Reconstructing preRomantic singing technique
178
Alternative voices contemporary vocal techniques
192
The teaching and learning of singing
204
Childrens singing
221
Where does the sound come from?
231
Notes
248

English cathedral choirs in the twentieth century
123
Sacred choral music in the United States an overview
133
Some notes on choral singing
151

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About the author (2000)

John Potter is the author of Vocal Authority (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Tenor: History of a Voice (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has contributed articles to many academic journals and chapters to other books, including The Cambridge History of Medieval Music (forthcoming) and The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012). He is Reader Emeritus in Music at the University of York, having stepped down from his lectureship in 2010 to focus on his portfolio of freelance projects. His most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, is A History of Singing (jointly authored with ethnomusicologist Neil Sorrell). As a singer, John has partnerships with instrumentalists in various parts of the world, notably the Argentinian lutenist and vihuelist Ariel Abramovich, the American medieval harpist Jan Walters and the British electro-acoustic composer Ambrose Field. He also sings with Red Byrd, The Dowland Project, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and German group The Sound and the Fury. His most recent venture is Cantum Pulcriorum Invenire, a research project at the University of Southampton, which will see the release of three CDs of twelfth-century music on Hyperion, and a multimedia live version with tenor Christopher O'Gorman and video artist Michael Lynch. John spent eighteen years with the Hilliard Ensemble and his complete discography runs to some 150 titles. He also coaches vocal ensembles all over the world and chairs the ensemble contest jury at the Tampere Vocal Festival (Finland).

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