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Voice: History and Development

History and Development

Books, magazines and journals on the history and development of voice




Selected books from the library's collection
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The Cambridge Companion to Singing edited by John Potter
ML1460 .C36 2000  Check Availability
Image:Voice_Cambridge_Companion_to_Singing.jpg From the publisher:
"Ranging from medieval music to Madonna and beyond, this is the only book to cover in detail so many aspects of the voice. The volume is divided into four broad areas: [Popular Traditions, The Voice in the Theater, Choral Music and Song, and Performance Practice]."
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Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond by Will Friedwald
ML3508 .F75 1991  Check Availability
Image:Voice_Jazz_Singing.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"This comprehensive study of jazz singing is a revelation to anyone who owns at least one jazz recording and a must for the serious jazz enthusiast."
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Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf by Stacy Holman Jones
ML3918.P67 H65 2007  Check Availability
Image:Torch_Singing.jpg‎ From
"In this innovative book, Stacy Holman Jones presents torch singing as a much more complicated phenomenon than the familiar trope of a woman lamenting her victimhood. With an ethnographer's eye, she observes the bluesy torch singers, asking if they are possibly performing critiques of the very lyrics they sing. From this perspective, we see the singer giving expression not not only to desire but also to an incipient determination to resist and change."
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Angels & Monsters: Male and Female Sopranos in the Story of Opera, 1600-1900 by Richard Somerset-Ward
ML1700 .S69 2004  Check Availability
Image:Angels_and_Monsters.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"Besides providing fascinating anecdotes about some of those who graced and disgraced the operatic stage, Richard Somerset-Ward tells the story of their greatest glory--the singing tradition they founded and perfected, which we know as bel canto and which is still the backbone of operatic singing today. Rich in musical, social, and cultural lore, Angels and Monsters illuminates a unique and vanished tradition and will be irresistible to opera lovers everywhere."
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Folksingers and Folksongs in America: A Handbook of Biography, Bibliography, and Discography by Ray M. Lawless
Reference ML3550 .L4 1965  Check Availability
Image:Folksingers_and_Folksongs_in_America.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"Biographies of about 225 singers, collections of American ballads, folklore activities, and the history and use of folk-music instruments are among the Handbook's highlights."
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Women Icons of Popular Music: The Rebels, Rockers, and Renegades by Carrie Havranek
EBSCO ElectronicBook  Check Availability
Image:Women_Icons_of_Popular_Music.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"Always first in line to give convention a sound thrashing, women in music have penned sonic masterpieces, championed sweeping social movements, and breathed life into sounds yet unimagined... With discographies, illustrations, and a print and electronic resource guide, Women Icons of Popular Music is a rousing, insightful resource for students and music fans alike."
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Great Singers On Great Singing by Jerome Hines
ML1460 .H46 1982  Check Availability
Image:Great_Singers_on_Great_Singing.jpg‎ From
"If some of renowned bass Hines's 'great singers' seem to have been included more for political reasons (after all, he had to work with these people) than because they were truly great, most of them do rate the title, and there's something for the singer to learn from almost all of them--about technique, learning music, developing the voice, preserving the voice--even if in a few cases it's what not to do. If nothing else, the book proves what an inexact science vocal pedagogy really is, and the anecdotes are worth reading. Hines's subjects include Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and other operatic stars..."
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Music Speaks: On the Language of Opera, Dance, and Song by Daniel Albright
ML1700 .A43 2009  Check Availability
Image:Music_Speaks.jpg‎ From
"Albright shows that music history has an aesthetic of its own, and how music history interacts with intellectual history (from Rousseau to Paul de Man). By abutting music against literature and painting, and by juxtaposing the musics of different centuries, Albright frames a particular work, isolating what is arresting and important in it. The essays range widely, but they rarely stray far from opera, for the opera house is the venue where the performances speak the most intricate and significant language invented by our culture--a language that speaks in music, words, pictures, and light."
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Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues Singers by Derrick Stewart-Baxter
ML400.R27 S8  Check Availability
Image:Ma_Rainey_and_the_classic_blues_singers.jpg‎ From the publisher:
"At one time, Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Bessie Smith and a small number of women singers were the only blues singers recognized by writers on jazz. [Derrick Stewart-Baxter's] study of Ma Rainey and her contemporaries is based on his interviews with the surviving - and long-retired - womens blues singers, conducted on field trips in the United States."
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Magazines and Journals

Selected periodicals from the library's collection

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Journal of Singing: The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing 
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Image:Voice_Journal_of_Singing.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Journal of Singing is a leading way to reach teachers of singing with information about your programs, products, and services.
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This publication advises on electronic production including iLife programming.
Performing Songwriter 
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Image:Voice_Performing_Songwriter.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Performing Songwriter's mission has always been to validate the art, career and historical importance of songwriters, and the impact their contributions make in our lives.
Sing Out! 
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Image:Voice_Sing_Out.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Sing Out!'s definition of folk music: blues, bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, singer-songwriter, world music, Cajun, klezmer, and much, much more. ... PLUS complete lead sheets (melody, chords and lyrics) for 15 songs in each issue.
Singer & Musician 
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Image:Voice_Singer_Musician.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Singer & Musician magazine provides singers, songwriters, musicians and bands with practical, down-to-earth information they can use in the real world of the music business.