Instructional materials for Tenor Voices

The name "tenor" derives from the Latin word tenere, which means "to hold". In medieval and Renaissance polyphony between about 1250 and 1500, the tenor was the structurally fundamental (or ‘holding’) voice, vocal or instrumental. All other voices were normally calculated in relation to the tenor, which often proceeded in longer note values and carried a borrowed Cantus firmus melody. Until the late 15th-century introduction of the contratenor bassus, the tenor was usually the lowest voice, assuming the role of providing a harmonic foundation. It was also in the 15th century that "tenor" came to signify the male voice that sang such parts. Thus, for earlier repertoire, a line marked 'tenor' indicated the part's role, and not the required voice type. Indeed, even as late as the seventeenth century, partbooks labelled 'tenor' might contain parts for a range of voice types.

In four-part choral music, the tenor is the second lowest voice, above the bass and below the soprano and alto. The range of the choral tenor is generally not as great as that in opera, however. While certain choral music does require the first tenors to ascend the full tenor range, the majority of choral music places the tenors in the range from approximately B2 up to G4. The requirements of the tenor voice in choral music is also tied to the style of music most often performed by a given choir. Orchestra choruses require tenors with fully resonant voices, but chamber or a cappella style choral music can quite successfully rely on light baritones singing in the falsetto.

Although vocal range is the primary characteristic which defines a tenor, it is not the only. A tenor is ultimately classified by several vocal traits, including range, tone quality, vocal lift points, and transition points ("passaggio") within the singer's range. It is generally recognized that the average transitional area, or passaggio, of the tenor begins with a lift around middle C or C# and ends with a lift at F or F# above that (Alderson 1979). In non-professional choirs, individuals will generally be classified based on their most resonant and comfortable tessitura.

In the Barbershop harmony musical style, the name "tenor" is used for the highest part. The four parts are known (lowest to highest) as bass, baritone, lead, and tenor. The tenor generally sings in falsetto voice (thus the term tenor used in barbershop terminology most closely corresponds to the term countertenor as used in classical music), and harmonizes above the lead, who sings the melody. The barbershop tenor range is, as notated, Bb-below-middle C to D-above-high-C (and sung an octave lower).

Ferdinand Sieber: Vocalises - Tenor

Thirty-Six Eight-Measure vocalises for Tenors, complete with solfege.

6213 BOOK $4.95

Giuseppe Concone: Fifty Lessons - Medium Voice

The sterling value and great usefulness of Concone's lessons have been so long recognized, that their extensive adoption caused the issue of numerous editions in almost every country where the study of the Art of Singing is cultivated. No edition, however, is as thorough and complete as his 'Fifty Lessons' series. The purpose of these lessons, in the author's own words, are 'to place and fix the voice accurately,' and 'to develop taste while singing broad, elegant and rhythmical melodies.' This is a vocal training series not to be missed!

6468 BOOK $8.95

Giuseppe Concone: Thirty Daily Exercises for High Voice

30 Daily Exercises for High Voice

These Exercises For a Transition from the Grand Style to the Extreme Difficulties of Vocalisation. This collection comes complete with 30 daily exercises as well as instruction and tips on how to execute them properly.

6486 BOOK $5.95

Mathilde Marchesi: Thirty Vocalises for High or Medium Voices

30 excellent vocal exercises that will help develop, strengthen and warm up your voice. Specifically men or women with high or medium vocal ranges.

6475 BOOK $8.95

Lutgen: Vocalises Vol. 1 for High Voices

The aim of these Vocalises is to render the Voice sufficiently flexible and mellow to execute easily and elegantly the colorature and embellishments found in the works of our great composers. The results obtained with this method, and how well it has been received by the highest musical authorities help prove this book to be a worthwhile purchase.

6485b BOOK $5.95

Joan Frey Boytim: The First Book of Tenor Solos

All Day On The Prairie
All Through The Night
At The Ball
The Black Dress
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
Brother Will, Brother John
By Mendip Side
Come Again, Sweet Love
The Daisies
Ein Jungling Liebt ein Madchen
Go Lovely Rose
He That Keepeth Israel
I Attempt From Love's Sickness To Fly
I Love And I Must
Jesu, The Very Thought Of Thee
Loch Lomond
The Lord Is My Light
May Song
Mistress Mine
Der Mond
My Lady Walks In Lovliness
My Lord What A Morning
Der Neugierige
Noche Serena
Orpheus With His Flute
Religion Is A Fortune
Rio Grande
LA Sena
Sento Nel Core
Silent Worship
Wayfaring Stranger
What Shall I Do To Show How Much I Love Her

This is among the most widely used teaching repertoire for singers in the U.S. Over 30 songs in each book with 2 accompaning CDs (which are enhanced, you can change the tempo or key if you use it on your computer!), including American and British art songs, folk song arrangements, sacred songs and a sampling of beginning songs in German, Italian, Spanish and French. There is a completely different song selection for each voice type. For Tenor voices!

9191 BOOK and 2 CDs $24.95

Joan Frey Boytim: The First Book of Tenor Solos Vol 2

Farewell - Faure
To The Beloved - Beethoven
Ave Maria - Saint-Saens
The Birthday Of The King - Niedlinger
Good-Morning Sue - Delibes
The Cloths Of Heaven - Dunhill
Tender Ties - Delbruck
Down By The Sally Gardens - Hughes
Du Bist Wie Eine Blume - Rubenstein
Everyday Is Ladies Day With Me - Herbert
Fame's An Echo - Arne
Forget Me Not - Bach
The Fishermaiden - Schubert
In A Foreign Land - Schumann
Incline Thine Ear - Charles
It Was A Lover And His Lass - Coates
A Kingdom By The Sea - Somervell
Linden Lea - Vaughan Williams
Love Quickly Is Pall'd - Purcell
My Lovely Celia - Monro
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Burleigh
O Come O Come My Dearest - Arne
O Del Mio Amato Ben - Donaudy
On Richmond Hil There Lives A Lass - Hook
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Phillis Has Such Charming Graces - Young
Russian Picnic - Enders
Sea Fever - Ireland
Sonntag - Brahams
Hark! How Still - Franz
The Troubador - Kilenyi
Wanderer's Night Song - Schbert
Weep You No More - Quilter
What Songs Were Sung - Niles
Where'er You Walk - Handel
Who Is Sylvia - Coates

There has been widespread accceptance by teachers and students of 'The First Book Series,' so it was only natural that there would be a 'Part II' book compiled. The Part II books follow many of the same concepts which are covered in the Preface of the original volumes, including a comprehensive selection of between 34 and 37 songs from the Baroque through the 20th Century. The selections range from easy to moderate difficulty for both singer and accompanist. At the request of the students and teachers, there are more sacred songs, and two Christmas solos have been added to each book. Also included are two enhanced CDs, giving you the ability to not only play the accompaniments on both your CD player and computer, but they are also CD-ROMs that are capable of playing the tracks at different tempos and in different keys when played on the computer.

8527 BOOK and 2 CDs $24.95

Joan Frey Boytim: The Second Book of Tenor Solos Vol 2

As Ever I Saw
By The Sea
Cieco Si Finse Amore
Le Colibri
Delizie Contene, Che L'alma Beate
He Counteth All Your Sorrows
InDer Fremde
Let's Take A Walk
Mien Schoner Stern!
My songs Sheall rizeed
O lord thou hast searched me
O Waly Waly
Oh Gentlemen Listen I Pray
Le Papillon
Per formare la beta
The Poets Life
En Priere
Schafers Klaglied
Strictly Germ-Proof
Strings in the Earth and Air
Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth
Under the Greenwood Tree
Verdi quel ruscelletto
Viens aurore

More great classical material for progressing vocal students, from the leading American expert in teaching the young voice. The series started with The First Book of Solos, and then, at the same difficulty level, came The First Book of Solos – Part II. The Second Book of Solos, originally released in 1993, is for singers who have taken voice a little longer and are capable of more challenges, but is still decidedly student-level material, and music that can be sung by good high school students. The new The Second Book of Solos – Part II set is at exactly the same level as The Second Book of Solos. It shares the same features: a deliberate variety of music in different styles and languages, including a few sacred selections, with over 30 songs per book. Also included are two accompaniment CDs that are presented in book order. This edition is for Tenors.

8532 SONGBOOK & CD $24.95

Joan Frey Boytim: Easy Songs For The Beginning Tenor

The Ash Grove
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Come, Aurora
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
A Fable
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Hark! Hark! The Lark
If You've Only Got A Mustache
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Katy Bell
The Little Irish Girl
Passing By
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
The Rose Of Allandale
The Rose Of Tralee
Santa Lucia
Scarborough Fair
Standin' In The Need Of Prayer
Steal Away
When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

This series was designed to supplement traditional vocal instruction and works perfectly as preparatory literature for The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos Part II. Each piece is in English and has a limited vocal range as well as a piano accompaniment that is playable by a student pianist. The pieces include art songs, folksongs, humorous songs, and suitable vintage popular songs and are all appropriate for contest solos. The accompanying CD includes professionally-recorded accompaniments.

9186 SONGBOOK & CD $16.95

Joan Frey Boytim: Easy Songs For The Beginning Tenor - Vol 2

Believe Me if all Those Endearing Your Charms
Bendemeer's Stream
Bill Groggins Goat
A Blackbird Singing
How Can I Keep from Singing
I Love a Piano
I Want a Girl
The Lark in the Morn
My Love's an Arbutus
O Heart of Mine
Passing By
A Sailor Loved a Lass
Thine Alone
Twenty Eighteen
The Wind Speaks
Yankee Doodle Boy

This series now has a new “Part II” for each voice type, at the same level as the original volumes. This is preparatory material for The First Book of Solos series, with modest ranges and all songs in English, including very easy art songs, folksong arrangements and vintage popular songs. The song selection is completely different for each voice type with 18-20 songs per volume.

8522 SONGBOOK & CD $16.95

Joan Frey Boytim: The First Book of Broadway Solos Vol 1- Tenor

Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
I Believe In You - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
I Could Write A Book - Pal Joey
I Do Not Know A Day I Did Not Love You - Two By Two
Kansas City - Oklahoma
A Man And A Woman - 110 In The Shade
My Heart Stood Still - A Conneticut Yankee
My Romance - Jumbo
Oh, What A Beautiful Morning - Oklahoma
Old Devil Moon - Finian's Rainbow
On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
Once In Love With Amy - Where's Charley
The Only Home I Know - Shenandoah
Plant A Radish - The Fantasticks
Stranger In Paradise - Kismet
That's The Way It Happens - Me And Juliet
Very Soft Shoes - Once Upon A Mattress
We Kiss In A Shadow - The King And I
When The Children Are Asleep - Carousel
A Wonderful Day Like Today - The Roar Of Greasepoint-The Smell Of The Crowd
You've Got To Be Really Carefully Taught - South Pacifc
Younger Than Springtime - South Pacific

This excellent series is perfect for the voice student of any age. Songs have been carefully selected to include the easiest beginning material, advancing to some vocal challenges for the progressing singer. Keys have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of most students. This collection of largely American songs may be used to teach the same basic classical tecniques of lyric singing as the traditional European art music repertoire, with rerrific opportunities for interpretive development.

9187 SONGBOOK & CD $22.95

Singer's Library of Musical Theatre - Tenor

Asking for You - Do Re Mi
Buffalo Nickel Photoplay - Ragtime, the Musical
Corner of the Sky - Pippin
Easy to Love - Anything Goes, 1987 Revival
Fifty Million Years ago - Celebration
Finishing the Hat - Sunday in the Park with George
The Games I Play - Falsettos
Gliding - Ragtime, the Musical
Hey There - The Pajama Game
I Chose Right - Baby
I'd Rather Be Sailing - A New Brain
I've Got a Crush on You - Strike up the Band
Into the Fire - The Scarlet Pimpernel
Johanna - Sweeney Todd
Later - A Little Night Music
Love, I Hear - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Magic to Do - Pippin
Make Someone Happy - Do re mi
Mister Cellophane - Chicago
Not While I'm Around - Sweeney Todd
On the Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
Prayer of the Comfort Counselor - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Race You to the Top of the Morning - The Secret Garden
She Was There - The Scarlet Pimpernel
She Wasn't You - On a Clear Day You Can see Forever
Small Talk - The pajama game
Someone Like You - Do I Hear a Waltz?
Something Sort of Grandish - Finian's Rainbow
Stay - Do I Hear a Waltz?
The Streets of Dublin - A Man of no Importance
Toyland - Babes in Toyland
When I get my Name in lights - The Boy from Oz
When I'm not Near the Girl I Love - Finian's Rainbow
Where in the World - The Secret Garden
With You - Pippin

Alfred's Singer's Library of Musical Theatre features a treasury of the finest musical theatre songs. Presented in their original keys and authentically transcribed from the original vocal scores, the songs were selected for each voice type with careful attention to the vocal range of the song, as well as the voice of the character from the original Broadway cast. Each volume includes a variety of shows, spanning every important decade of musical theatre. This authoritative series features historical and contextual commentary, audition tips, and 16-bar cut suggestions for each song, making it the most useful and relevant collection of its kind. This is the Tenor Edition.

8594 SONGBOOK $19.95

Musical Theatre Classics - For Tenors

Many Moons Ago - Once Upon A Mattress
You Are Beautiful - Flower Drum Song
On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
All I Need Is The Girl - Gypsy
Someone Is Waiting - Company
Being Alive - Company
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
A New Love Is Old - The Cat And The Fiddle
If You Could See Her - Cabaret
Kansas City - Oklahoma
Younger Than Springtime - South Pacific

A fantastic series featuring 11 of the best songs from Broadway classics. This collection features songs appropriate for Tenor soloists and includes recorded piano accompaniments on CD.

8533 SONGBOOK & CD $19.95

Tenor Classical Contest Solos

An Die Geliebte - Beethoven
Caro Mio Ben - Giordani
Down By The Sally Gardens - Irish Air
Come Again Sweet Love - Dowland
Sebben Crudele - Caldara
Adela - Rodrigo
Steal Away - Spiritual
Weep You No More - Quilter
Have You Seen But A White Lily Grow - Anonymous
Wher E'er You Walk - Handel

This outstanding series is an encouragement to young singers in preparing a vocal solo. Songs have been carefully chosen for each voice type, after consulting many official state contest repertoire lists. Each volume includes Five art songs in English, one African-American Spiritual, one art song in Spanish, one art song in German, two art songs in italian, new editions and engravings of all songs, historical notes on each composer represented, interpretive suggestions for each song, translations for study and a preface on 'learning a song.' Each enhanced CD includes beautiful performances of each song by talented professional artists, excellent recorded accompaniment tracks for practice, pronunciation lessons in German, Italian and Spanish. In addition to piano accompaniments playable on both your CD player and computer, the enhanced CD also includes tempo adjustment and transposition softward for CD-ROM compute use only. This edition is for Tenors.

8525 SONGBOOK & CD $15.95

Gilbert & Sullivan For Singers - Tenor Edition

Rise Early In The Morning
Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes
Fair Moon To Thee I Sing
A Maiden Fair To See
Spurn Not The Nobly Born
A Wand'ring Minstrel I
Oh, Is There Not One MAiden Breast
Twenty Years Ago
Would You Know The Kind Of MAid
I Shipped, Did Ye See
For Love Alone
It Is Not Love
Oh Gentlemen Listen I Pray
When First My Old Old Love I Knew
A Tenor All Singers Above
Free From His Fetters Grim
Is Life A Boon

W.S. Gilbert wrote the words, Arthur Sullivan composed the music, and together they revolutionized theatre music in English. This new series presents songs and arias from their timeless operettas, collected by voice type. There are 15-17 songs per volume, with the most famous excerpts peppered by beautiful, less known choices. The edition includes notes about the plot context of each selection. The piano accompaniments on the companion CDs were recorded by Laura Ward. Includes songs and arias from The Gondoliers, The Grand Duke, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore, The Sorcerer, Utopia Unlimited, The Yeomen of the Guard.

8535 SONGBOOK & CD $14.95

Giuseppe Verdi - Arias for Tenor

Celeste Aida (Aida)
Esultate! (Otello)
Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali (Otello)
Di quella pira (Il Trovatore)
Parmi veder le lagrime (Rigoletto)
Questa o quella (Rigoletto)
La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)
Di' tu se fedele (Un ballo in maschera)
Quando le sere al placido (Luisa Miller)
Ah, la paterna mano (Macbeth)

Cantolopera is a series that proposes a totally new way to approach the great opera repertoire: versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, the student and the opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains the lyrics of the arias plus a short summary and background information on the 'Compagnia d'Opera Italiana' Orchestra and the performers.

8585 SONGBOOK & CD $24.95

Giacomo Puccini: Arias for Tenor

Tra voi, belle - Manon Lescaut
Addio, fiorito asil! - Madama Butterfly
Nessun dorma - Turandot
Donna non vidi mai - Manon Lescaut
E lucevan le stelle - Tosca
Che gelida manina! - La Boheme
Recondita armonia - Tosca
Ch'ella mi creda - La fanciulla del West
Non piangere, Liu - Turandot

Cantolopera is a series that proposes a totally new way to approach the great opera repertoire: versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, the student and the opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains the lyrics of the arias plus a short summary and background information on the 'Compagnia d'Opera Italiana' Orchestra and the performers.

8573 BOOK & CD $24.95

Various Composers: Cantolopera - Arias for Tenor Vol 1

Una furtiva lagrima - Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore
Sogno soave e casto - Donizetti - Don Pasquale
Tombe degli avi miei - Donizetti - Lucia i Lammermoor
Ecco ridente in cielo - Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia
Cielo e mar! - Ponchielli - La Gioconda
Quanto e bella, quanto e cara! - Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore
Dalla sua pace - Mozart - Don Giovanni
Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde - Puccini - Mann Lescaut
Di quella pira l'orrendo foco - Verdi - Il trovatore

Cantolopera is a series that proposes a totally new way to approach the great opera repertoire: versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, the student and the opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains the lyrics of the arias plus a short summary and background information on the 'Compagnia d'Opera Italiana' Orchestra and the performers.

8570 BOOK & CD $24.95

Nicola Vaccaj: Practical Method of Italian Singing - Tenor

The Scale
Intervals of Thirds
Intervals of Fourths
Intervals of Fifth
Intervals of Sixths
Intervals of Sevenths
Intervals of Octaves
The Semitones
Preparatory Example for the Roulade
Appoggiaturas above and below
The Acciaccatura
Preparatory Example for the Mordent
The same exemplified in various ways
Preparatory Example for the Turn
The Turn
Preparatory Example for the Shake
On Roulades
On the Glide or manner of carrying the Voice
On Recitative

Learning to sing means beginning an artistic journey full of rich and unexpected experiences. human voices touch hearts in every nation and yet the best singing has qualities that Italy originated and taught the world to admire. Singing can approach a quality of timeless beauty, yet songs preserve for us the feelings of particular times, whether recent or long ago. Singing gives both the singer and the listener a sensation of freedom and heartfelt expression. Vaccai's masterly Method won increasing popularity with time, and was eventually used in conservatories all over the world. Even today it is often used by singing teachers, who consider it a collection of attractive Ariettas, each serving a particular funtion. And it is quite easy material, perfect for the beginning student. This method book is tailored towards High Soprano voices.

6496 BOOK $4.95

Estelle Liebling: Vocal Course for Lyric and Dramatic Tenors

The Breath System
The Phonating System
The Resonating System
The Articulating System
General Remarks
Fundamental Exercises
The Covered Tone
Agilitiy Studies
Sustained Tone Studies
Chromatic Studies
Messa Di Voce
The Head Voice
Special Problems
Foreign Language Diction
Glossary of Musical Terms
Songs for Sopranos
Recordings of Great Singers

A method that has long been highly regarded among teachers and students alike. Each of these books consists of 3 parts: Part I describes the vocal mechanism and its function briefly and in simple, non-technical language. Part II consists of basic, fundamental vocalises carefully selected to develop the specific voices for which the book is written. Part III presents the important elements of diction in the 5 languages most commonly used in singing: English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

6206 BOOK $9.95

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