In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Paul Barker
Composing for Voice

List of Musical Examples
The Voice Today: An Evaluation
How the Voice Works: A Composer's Perspective
The Singer and the Actor
Considerations of Style
Singers on Composers
Conclusions and a Way Forward
Educational Activities
Appendix 1: Vocal Nomenclature
Appendix 2: An Application of the International Phonetic Alphabet
Bibliography and Further Reading

Although there have been many texts on the art of singing, and others on composition, there are none on the unique challenges of composing for the voice. This book, written by a well-known contemporary composer and pedagogue, fills that gap by offering a comprehensive survey of issues surrounding both the singer and the composer. The book primarily focuses on classical vocal music, but also draws on examples from jazz, Broadway/theatrical, operatic, and popular music. From understanding the mechanics of the voice through techniques to wed text to music, this book will aid both composers and vocalists to better understand each other's craft.

Item code: 5284B | Book | $34.95 add item to cart
Classical  | Solo | 208 Pages | Softcover | 6 x 9