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A Handbook of Diction for Singers

Italian, German, French
Adams, David (Book - 2008)
A Handbook of Diction for Singers
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Now in its second edition, A Handbook of Diction for Singers is a complete guide to achieving professional levels of diction in Italian, German, and French, the three major languages of the classical vocal repertory. Written for English-speaking singers and offering thorough, consistent explanations, it is an ideal tool for students and an invaluable reference for voice teachers, vocal coaches, and conductors. The book combines traditional approaches proven successful in the teaching of diction with important new material not readily available elsewhere, presenting the sounds of each language in logical order, along with essential information on matters such as diacritical marks, syllabification, word stress, and effective use of the variety of foreign-language dictionaries. Presented in an attractively concise format, the book goes into greater detail than comparable texts, providing specific information to clarify concepts typically difficult for English-speakingsingers. Particular emphasis is placed on the characteristics of vowel length, the sequencing of sounds between words, as well as the differences between spoken and sung sounds in all three languages. Featuring significantly expanded coverage of each of the three languages and illustrated with numerous examples, this second edition of A Handbook of Diction for Singers is an exceptional text for courses in diction and a valuable reference source for all vocalists.
Authors: Adams, David, 1950-
Title: A handbook of diction for singers
Italian, German, French
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition: 2nd ed
Characteristics: xix, 227 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Adams
Contents: French diction
International Phonetic Alphabet symbols for French
French diacritical marks
Definition of terms relating to French diction
French syllabification
Word stress in French
Vowel length in French
French vowel sounds and how they are spelled
Mixed vowels
Nasal vowels
Glides in French
French consonants
Musical settings of mute e
Musical settings of glides
French dictionaries
Sample texts
German diction
International Phonetic Alphabet for German
The umlaut
Word origin : Germanic and non-Germanic
German vowels and vowel length
Word stem, word stress, vowel length
Specific vowel sounds in German
Diphthongs and adjacent vowels
The glide / j /
German consonants
More about syllabic stress and vowel length
More about German word structure
Certain consonant clusters and vowel quality
German monosyllabic (some polysyllabic) word patters for vowel quality and length
Words of non-Germanic origin
Glottal separation in German
Glottal separation versus legato connection in singing German
Phrasal consonant clusters in German
Possible assimilation of consonant sounds in German
German dictionaries and pronunciation reference books
Sample texts
Italian diction
International Phonetic Alphabet for Italian
Italian vowels
Specific vowel sounds in Italian
Glides in Italian : / j / and / w /
Italian diacritical marks
Italian syllabification
Italian word stress
Italian diphthongs
Italian triphthongs
Phrasal diphthongs and triphthongs
Vowel length in Italian
Italian consonants
Consonant combinations and their sounds
Single and double consonants in Italian
Characteristics of double consonants
More about vowels
Ambiguous spellings : is it a vowel or a glide?
Phrasal doubling in Italian
Articulating Italian double consonants in singing
Singing consonant clusters
Musical settings of Italian diphthongs
Italian diphthongs : vowel distribution in singing
Musical settings of Italian triphthongs
Singing phrasal diphthongs and triphthongs
Vowel distribution in singing phrasal diphthongs
Patterns of phrasal triphthongs in Italian
Italian word underlay in scores
Other possible assimilations of n
Italian dictionaries
Sample texts
Appendix : Guidelines for determining open and closed e and o in the stressed syllable
ISBN: 0195325583
Branch Call Number: 783.043 A211h 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-218) and index
Subject Headings: German language Pronunciation French language Pronunciation Italian language Pronunciation Singing Diction
Topical Term: German language
French language
Italian language
LCCN: 2007001876
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Written for English-speaking singers and offering thorough, consistent explanations, it is an ideal tool for students and an invaluable reference for voice teachers, vocal coaches, and conductors.

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