Multcolib Research Picks: Singing in other languages
Annotation:Precise guides forlearning to sing in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Roman Church Latin. No foreign language experience necessary.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:This text explains the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols and the rules for diction in each of the languages.
Annotation:Includes musical examples from folk and art songs, and appendices of English and German vowel and consonant charts, songs, and a guide to German pronunciation of Latin. Contains a CD-ROM with examples of authentic German diction.
Annotation:Outlines basic Hebrew grammar, and offers useful words and expressions and simplified dialogue. Includes the chapter, "Sing Hebrew Songs and Prayers ."
Annotation:There are not many books that focus on singing in Spanish. Valuable for those who would otherwise squeak by with only their knowledge of Latin pronunciation.
Annotation:An essential tool for singers, accompanists, and other musicians who want to understand more about the French texts with which they are working. It also provides a useful basic introduction to students of French poetry.
Annotation:The accompanying CD contains exercises that demonstrate and reinforce the correct sound and interpretation of everything from the alphabet to the presentation of vowels, consonants, words, and phrases.
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Do you like to sing in other languages? Do you want to enrich those vowels and clean up the consonants? Maybe you just need to remember the difference between a French, German and American 'r.' You can find more by searching the subject 'Singing -- Diction.' --Chris J.