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Kathryn LaBouff: Singing and Communicating in English

Foreword
Introduction to Diction
Communicating the Thought
Introduction to Vowels
The Fronting Vowels
The Backing Vowels
The Mixed Vowels
Dipthongs
The Three Semi-Vowel Glides
Introduction to Consonants
The Plosives
The Fricatives
The Nasal Consonants Plus the Lyrical L
The Owner's Manual
Singing in the British Dialect
The Mid-Atlantic Dialect
Afterword
Appendices
Glossary
Music Publisher's Guide
Selected Bibliography and Resources
Index of Song Texts
General Index
Exercise Guide

In Singing and Communicating in English, internationally renowned diction coach Kathryn LaBouff provides singers with an accessible guide to the principles of English diction they need to communicate the text successfully. Her thorough and much sought-after technique clarifies the physiology of speech, emphasizes the studied practice of careful and articulate pronunciation, and focuses on the study of English cadence. Covering aspects of phonetics from vowels to diphthongs to fricatives, the book includes multiple practical exercises in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions, helpful diagrams, and pronunciation drills, each chosen from the most essential English art song and operatic repertoire. In addition to standard American and British English, a variety of regional dialects and accents are covered in depth. A companion website features a full range of vowel/consonant drills, poems read aloud by the author and by theater and voiceover actor John Keating, as well as an exercise answer key, and publishers' lists to help the singer locate a vast array of English language works for performance. This book is an invaluable resource for all vocalists (both professional and aspiring), diction instructors, teachers, and coaches, and choral directors. Kathryn LaBouff teaches English Diction and English Vocal Literature at the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Diction Coach for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Washington Opera, she has coached and prepared more than 300 professional opera productions in English.

Item code: 7071B | Book | $29.95 |add item to cart
Opera  | 352 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10
0195311396

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