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


Songlines vocal traditions in world music
Rock singing
The evolving language of rap
Jazz singing the first hundred years
Stage and screen entertainers in the twentieth century
Song into theatre the beginnings of opera
Grand opera nineteenthcentury revolution and twentiethcentury tradition
European art song
Ensemble singing
The voice in the Middle Ages
Reconstructing preRomantic singing technique
Alternative voices contemporary vocal techniques
The teaching and learning of singing
Childrens singing
Where does the sound come from?

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

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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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