In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
An alto or contralto is a singer with a vocal range somewhere between a tenor and a mezzo-soprano. The term is used to refer to the lowest female singing voice, or to a kind of male singing voice utilizing falsetto called a countertenor. Alto pieces normally span between G below middle C to the E a tenth above middle C (i.e. G3-E5). At the bottom of their range, male altos sound almost like tenors. Some altos have even larger ranges; from the C below middle C to the C two octaves above (C3-C6 if middle C is C4), but like all singers, their vocal type is defined mostly by their "vocal center" and not by their range (a soprano for instance could technically possess the lower range of an alto, but would not be comfortable singing it). In four part choral harmony, the alto is the second highest voice. Alto pieces were originally written in the alto clef, but now use the treble clef.
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Review: Bordogni made his operatic debut at La Scala, Milan in 1813 in Rossini's Tancredi, and became very active in promoting that composer's music. He appeared in many of Rossini's operas and later became one of the leading teacher of singing and became a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire.
Songlist: Thirty-six Vocalises
Review: This follow-up to Volume One of Susan Anders' Vocal Workout includes 18 fully-produced pop, rock and jazz songs and instructional tracks, and is the same level of difficulty (so using Volume One is not a prerequisite). Beginning singers can learn how to sing correctly and develop their voices by singing through the workout at their own pace, with or without the guidebook. Experienced singers can skip the audio singing lessons and use the workout to warm up and maintain their vocal technique and strength. Song stylizing concepts are included, as well as chapters on staying healthy on tour and how to keep aging vocal cords strong. This book is tailored specifically for Altos and Basses.
Songlist: Facial Resonance (Placement): I Can See Clearly Now, Breathing & Posture: Dear Prudence, Combining Correct Breathing and Placement: Why Don't You Do Right?, Approaching Higher Notes: You Gotta Be, Strengthening Low Notes: Summertime, Understanding Singer's Diction: One of Us, Understanding Singer's Diction Part 2: Get Here, Diphthongs, Looping, & "R" & "L": I'm Beginning To See the Light, Range Expansion & Vibrato Work: Don't Know Why, Developing the "Mix" Register: Sunday Kind of Love, Opening High Notes with the Inner Smile: Thank You, Pitch Work, Step-wise Movement: You're Still the One, Building Sustenance & Volume: Tracks of My Tears, Pitch Work, Chromatic Movement: Ms. Celie's Blues (Sister), Increasing Tonal Richness, Articulation: Alison, Ending Phrases on High Notes: I Hope You Dance, Putting it All Together: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Belting: Cry
Voicing: Alto Bass
Review: Imagine how much more productive and efficient your rehearsals will be when you or all of your choir members have had time to rehearse on their own with a CD targeted to their specific vocal part. When you all get together there will be more time to devote to nuances and performance skills, instead of the basic learning of notes Rehearsal CD has the featured vocal of your choice: Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass on the right side (or right speaker/headphone), and the rest of the chorus voices in the left speaker/headphone. That's right, you aren't alone, the rest of the chorus is there with you but your vocal part is highlighted and isolated for your convenience! The large-type, easy-to-read music book that accompanies each rehearsal CD, gives added reinforcement. For each carol you will hear the name of the carol, a set of tones, with the loudest tone being your starting tone, and a metronome click to start off the tempo and count you down to the beginning. The count will always be a full 2 measures before the start of the carol, and if the carol starts in mid-measure there will be 2 full measures plus the partial measure before the carol begins. It's as easy as that! If you listen on headphones and don't have a balance control, you can simply move the left or right headphone to isolate the left/right playback sound.
Songlist: Angels We Have Heard On High, Away In A Manger, Coventry Carol, Deck the Halls, The First Nowell, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Joy to the World!, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, What Child Is This, We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Review: 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 Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano (Alto) voices.
Songlist: La Scala, Intervalli Di Quarta, Intervalli Di Sesta, Intervalli Di Settima, Intervalli Di Ottava, I Semitoni, Modo Sincopato, Introdzione Alle Volate, Le Appoggiature Sopra E Sotto, Introduzione Al Mordente, Introduzione Al Gruppetto, Introduzione Al Trillo, Le Volate, Modo Per Portare La Voce, Il Recitativo, Riepilogo
Voicing: Baritone Alto
Review: 24 contemporary and gospel favorites arranged with alto and bass soloists in mind. Large, easy-to-read, folio-size book with keyboard accompaniment makes rehearsal and performance easy. Trax also available. Arranged by Peter Moss; compiled by Ken Bible.
Songlist: Almighty God, Broken and Spilled Out, Champion of Love, Eternal Life, Father, Forgive, Glory to You, God and God Alone, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, His Strength Is Perfect, How Beautiful, How Long Has It Been?, I Bowed on My Knees and Cried, "Holy!", I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, I'm Forever Grateful, In Christ Alone , In the Name of Love , Lift Up the Cross, No More Night, Peace in the Midst of the Storm, The River, Ten Thousand Angels, Then I Met the Master, Til the Storm Passes By , When Answers Aren't Enough
Voicing: Alto Bass Low
Style: Contemporary Christian
Review: Songs especially suitable to teens have been carefully selected for this new volume in the series. Includes notes on the shows and songs.
Songlist: Castle On A Cloud, A Change In Me, Come To Your Senses, Day By Day, Defying Gravity, Disneyland, Freddy, My Love, Honey Bun, How Are Things In Glocca Morra, I Cain't Say No, I Can Hear The Bells, I Enjoy Being A Girl, I Got The Sun In The Morning, I Know Things Now, I Learned From You, I Won't Say (I'm In Love), I'm Not That Girl, In My Own Little Corner, The Lamest Place In The World, Live Out Loud, Mama Who Bore Me, Memory, My New Philosophy, On My Own, Part Of Your World, Popular, Reflection, Shy, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, Someone Like You, Start Of Something New, Stepsisters' Lament, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, What I Did For Love, What I've Been Looking For, What It Means To Be A Friend
Voicing: Teen Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Style: Show Tunes
Review: 45 songs. Highlights: Always a Bridesmaid (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) - As If We Never Said Goodbye (Sunset Boulevard) - But Not for Me (Girl Crazy) - A Change in Me (Beauty and the Beast) - Class (Chicago) - Don't Call Me Trailer Trash (Cowgirls) - Don't Rain on My Parade (Funny Girl) - I'd Give My Life for You (Miss Saigon) - Just a Housewife (Working) - The Ladies Who Lunch (Company) - Maybe This Time (Cabaret) - Mein Herr (Cabaret) - Miss Marmelstein (I Can Get It For You Wholesale) - My New Philosophy (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) - A New Life (Jekyll & Hyde) - Rose's Turn (Gypsy) - So What? (Cabaret) - Someone Like You (Jekyll & Hyde) - Stars and the Moon (Songs for a New World) - Who Will Love Me as I Am? (Side Show) - With One Look (Sunset Boulevard) - You Don't Know This Man (Parade)
Songlist: Adventure, Ah, But Underneath, Someone Like You, Don't Call Me Trailer Trash, Heads Or Tails, Teaching Third Grade, Who Will Love Me As I Am?, Class, Can You Find It In Your Heart?, Always A Bridesmaid, You Don't Know This Man, Stars And The Moon, Gorgeous, My Child Will Forgive Me, A Change In Me, My New Philosophy, As If We Never Said Goodbye, But Not For Me, A New Life, Don't Rain On My Parade, Maybe This Time, Nothing, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Honey Bun, I Had Myself A True Love, I'd Give My Life For You, Just A Housewife, The Ladies Who Lunch, Let Me Finish, Mein Herr, Miss Marmelstein, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Nothing Really Happened, Rose's Turn, So What?, They Say It's Wonderful, Third Letter Home, Uptown, Downtown, When You're Good To Mama, With One Look, You Can't Get A Man With A Gun
Style: Show Tunes
Review: This is the most serious and useful collection yet published of solo arias from oratorios, masses and cantatas. The literature was confined to work by major composers, and by-passes the dated oratorio literature found in previous collections. The most famous music is here, and so is interesting and less famous music by masters. There are new music engravings for each aria, and extensive historical notes and translations. Solo instrumental obbligato parts, which can be cut from the book, are included on appropriate selections.
Songlist: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris from Mass in B minor (Bach), Agnus Dei from Mass in B minor (Bach), Von den Stricken meiner Słnden from St. John Passion (Bach), Es ist vollbracht from St. John Passion (Bach), Buss und Reu from St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Erbarme dich, mein Gott from St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Kąnnen TrČnen meiner Wangen from St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Bereite dich, Zion from Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Schlafe, mein Liebster from Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Schliesse, mein Herze from Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Inflammatus et accensus from Stabat Mater (Dvor∑k), Virgam virtutis tuae rom Dixit Dominus (Handel), Father of Heav'n! from Judas Maccab us (Handel), O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion from Messiah (Handel), He was despised from Messiah (Handel), But who may abide from Messiah (Handel), Thou art gone up on high from Messiah (Handel), Fac me vere tecum flere from Stabat Mater (Haydn), Woe unto them who forsake Him from Elijah (Mendelssohn), O rest in the Lord from Elijah (Mendelssohn), Laudamus te from Mass in C minor (Mozart), Qu e moerebat et dolebat from Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Eija, mater, fons amoris from Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Fac ut portem from Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Vouchsafe, O Lord from Te Deum Laudamus (Handel), Agnus Dei from Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Fac ut portem from Stabat Mater (Rossini), Liber scriptus from Messa di Requiem (Verdi), Qui sedes ad dextram Patris from Gloria (Vivaldi), Esurientes implevit from Magnificat (Vivaldi)
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: 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 Mezzo Soprano / Alto Edition.
Songlist: And All That Jazz, Another Op'nin', Another Show, Anything Goes, Back to Before, Beauty and the Beast, By the Sea, C'est Magnifique, Change, Don't Rain on My Parade, Easy to Be Heard, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Goodbye, My Love, Hernando's Hideaway, Home, I Get a Kick Out of You, I Got Rhythm, I Just Want to Be a Star, I Love Paris, I Wish I Could Forget You, I'm Not at All In Love, Johnny One Note, Life Story, Miss Byrd, My Big Mistake, My Funny Valentine, No Time At All, People, Rose's Turn, Send In The Clowns, The Story Goes On, Sunday In The Park With George, Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets), When I Look at You, When You're Good to Mama, With You
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Style: Show Tunes
Review: 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.
Songlist: At Parting, Early One Morning , Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit , The First Primrose, Gently, Johnny, My Jingalo, If No One Ever Marries Me, It Was a Lover and His Lass, Last Night, Little Wild Rose , Long, Long Ago, The Lotus Flower , The Maiden's Wish, Mother, Oh Sing Me to Rest , Now Is the Month of Maying, Oh, Come Again, Beautiful Spring, Shepherd, Play a Little Air!, Sing Me to Sleep, Snowbells, That's an Irish Lullaby, There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea, Vienna, My City of Dreams, Who'll Buy My Lavender?, You Are Free
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: 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.
Songlist: The Bonny LIghter Boy, Cradle Song, Go From my Window Go, Johnny has Gone for a Soldier, Just for This, Kiss Me Again, Little Boy Blue, Love's own Sweet Song, The Mission of a Rose, My Days Have Been so Wondrous Free, Philosophy, Second Hand Rose, Soft-footed Snow, Solder Sill You Marry Me?, Somewhere a Voice is Calling, Spring Sorrow, The Stranger-Man, A Swan, Twas in the Lovely Month of May
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: This is the perfect first collection for many voice students, whether they are teens or college singers or adults. Joan Boytim has selected songs appropriate for each voice type, and has chosen keys that suit the vocal needs of novice singers studying in traditional, generally classical lyric singing. The editions of the songs in these collections are short and straight-forward. Teachers have found these books invaluable. To make the collections even more useful, each volume is offered in a book/companion CD edition with piano accompaniments recorded by pianist Laura Ward.
Songlist: As Long As He Needs Me, Bali H'i, A Cock Eyed Optomist, The Earth And Other Minor Things, Falling In Love With Love, Getting To Know You , I Enjoy Being A Girl, I Love Paris, If I Ruled The World, In My Own Little Corner, It Might As Well Be Spring , Maria , My Favorite Things, My Funny Valentine, On My Own, People, Simple Little Things, Something Wonderful, The Song Is You, What's The Use Of Wondering, Where Or When, A Wonderful Guy
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Style: Show Tunes
Review: This is among the most widely used teaching repertoire for singers in the U.S. Over 30 songs in each book, 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.
Songlist: American Lullaby, The Cherry-Tree, Chi Vuol La Zingarella, Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers, Cloud-Shadows, Crabbed Age And Youth, Der Blumenstrauss, Der Schwur, Die Bekehrte, El Majo Timido, Evensong, Go 'way from my Window, Ici-Bas , Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley, L'Anneau d'Argent, The Lamb, The Lass From the Low Countree, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Loveliest Of Trees, Morning, O Rest In The Lord, O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me, Open Our Eyes (McFarlan), Prayer, Preguntales a las Estrellas (Haugue), Silent Noon, The Sky Above the Roof, The Statue at Czarkor-Selo , The Crucifixion, This Little Rose, Turn Then Thine Eyes, Volksliedchen, Wie Melodien, Wind Of The Western Sea
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: More great teaching material at the same level as the first volume. Over 30 songs in each volume with no song duplicated between voice types. A student could easily begin either in The First Book or The First Book Part II, or the books may be used concurrently.
Songlist: Ah! Mio Cor (Ah! My Heart), As I Went A-Roaming, Auf Dem Meere (On The Ocean), Ave Verum (Jesu, Word of God Incarnate), Beneath A Weeping Willow's Shade, Bist du bei mir (You Are With Me), The Blue-Bell, C'est Mon Ami (My Friend), Carme?a, The Carol Of The Birds, Clouds, Come Ye Blessed, Cr?puscule (Twilight), Danny Boy, Das Erste Veilchen (The First Violet), Die Stille (Silence), Die Stille Wasserrose (The Silent Waterlily), Dream Valley, Elegie, Gott Im Fr?hling (God in Springtime), Es Muss Ein Wunderbares Sein (It Must Be Wonderful), Keine Sorg'um Den Weg (Love Finds Out The Way), A Legend, The Lovely Song My Heart Is Singing , Mystery's Song, Nymphs and Shepherds, Rend'il Sereno al Ciglio (Bring To Your Eyes), Separazione (Parting), S?r?nade (Sing, Smile, Slumber), The Sleep that Flits on Baby's Eyes, Slumber Song (Maria Wiegenlied), Spring is at the Door, Te Deum (Vouchsafe,O Lord), Utrecht Te Deum, Weep No More, When I Have Often Heard Young Maidens Complaining, Willow, Tit-Willow, Wind Of The Wheat
Review: Even more great solos for high school and college singers at the same level as The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos - Part II, with a variety of over 30 classical songs per volume, and a completely different song list for each voice type.
Songlist: Beau soir, Bubble Song, The, But the Lord is mindful of His own from ST. PAUL , By dimpled brook, Clair de lune, Corals, Dolce scherza, Evening Song, I walked today where Jesus walked, Ich liebe dich, If there were dreams to sell, Landscape, Lark now leaves his watery nest, The, Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk, The, Lord, how long wilt Thou forget me?, Louts Bloom, The, Menuet d'Exaudet, Mit einer Wasserlilie, Morgen!, Morgen-Hymne, My lover is a fisherman, Nussbaum, Der, O lovely Peace from JUDAS MACCABAEUS, O praise the Lord, Over the land is April, Prayer of the Norwegian Child, Premi?re Danse, Sapphische Ode, Since first I met thee, Slumber Song, Spiagge amate from PARIDE ED ELENA, Still wie die Nacht, The Giraffe from AT THE ZOO, The Porcupine from AT THE ZOO, The Snake from AT THE ZOO, To come, O Lord, to Thee, Un cor da voi ferito from LA ROSAURA
Review: Step up to the next level with more student repertoire, continuing from The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos - Part II. The more than 30 songs in each book require a little more vocal range and musical sophistication, but are still decidedly student material.
Songlist: An Die Nachtigall, Au bord de l'eau, Con Rauco Mormorio, Eye Hath Not Seen, Great Peace Have They Which Love Thy Law, Heard Ye His Voice?, Hushed The Song Of The Nightingale, I Sought The Lord, Im Herbst, The Jolly Jolly Breeze, Kind Fortune Smiles, Les Berceaux , Lilacs, (I'm Called) Little Buttercup, Love, I Have Won You, A Lullaby, Mokong'ondi, Orpheus With His Lute, Pastorale, Patiently Have I Waited For Lord, Pleasure's Gentle Zephyrs Play, Silver'd Is The Raven Hair, Smiling Hours A Joyful Tr(Handel, Te Souviens-Tu?, Thou Art Repose (Du Bist Die Ruh'), Thou Shalt Bring Them In(Handel-Israel In Egypt), To The Children, Un Certo Non So Che, Vaaren, Verborgenheit, We Sing To Him, Where Corals Lie
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: 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. Available as books only, or in packs with two CDs of piano accompaniments recorded by Laura Ward.
Songlist: Affanni del pensier, Ah, Love but a Day!, All mein Gedanken, Allerseelen, As thou wilt, Father, Au jardin de mon p?re, Avril , Before my window, Chanson triste, Cherry Valley, Die Mainacht, Du meines Herzens Kr?nelein, Du Ring an meinem Finger, Et exultavit spiritus meus from MAGNIFICAT, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, L'Heure exquise, La speranza ? giunta from OTHO, Lord to thee, each night and day from THEODORA, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, Lungi da te, Mon jardin, Nebbie, Qui sedes from GLORIA, Se tu della mia morte, Serenity, Song of Devotion, Song of the Open, Tears, The Awakening, The Twenty-third Psalm, When a Merry Maiden Marries from THE GONDOLIERS, When Frederic Was a Little Lad from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Where the Music Comes From
Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano Alto
Review: The Sieber Vocalises: It is important to know why Sieber is so good for the voice. He was a Viennese, Italian-trained voice teacher who knew the importance of vowel alteration and its role in keeping the balance of the registers. The Sieber Vocalises are designed to balance the registers using 8 measure melodies based on the Italian syllables da, me, ni, po, to, la, be. The register balance is achieved in the ingenious way Sieber arranges the syllables. Again, his goal it to allow the space of the open vowels in the closed vowels, and the ring of the closed vowels in the open vowels. Lindquest called these vocalises the 'bridge between vocalizing and singing music'. In my 25 years of teaching, I have never found a singer that the Sieber Vocalises did not help tremendously. 36 Eight-Measure Vocalises for Elementary Teaching for alto voices.
Songlist: 36 Eight-Measure Vocalises for Elementary Teaching
Review: The Sieber Vocalises: It is important to know why Sieber is so good for the voice. He was a Viennese, Italian-trained voice teacher who knew the importance of vowel alteration and its role in keeping the balance of the registers. The Sieber Vocalises are designed to balance the registers using 8 measure melodies based on the Italian syllables da, me, ni, po, to, la, be. The register balance is achieved in the ingenious way Sieber arranges the syllables. Again, his goal it to allow the space of the open vowels in the closed vowels, and the ring of the closed vowels in the open vowels. Lindquest called these vocalises the 'bridge between vocalizing and singing music'. In my 25 years of teaching, I have never found a singer that the Sieber Vocalises did not help tremendously. Thirty-Six Eight-Measure vocalises for Altos, complete with solfege.
Songlist: Thirty-six Eight Measure Vocalises For Alto
Review: Giovanni Battista Lamperti was a highly-regarded Italian singing teacher who was considered to one of the best of his era. Many of Giovanni's students became international opera stars. These vocalises are designed to prepare the soprano voice for performance. "I recommend the daily use of these Exercises, particularly to Alto singing a melodramatic repertory; because exercises of this kind promote length of respiration, and delay the deterioration and undue vibration (tremolo) of the voice. Beginners should confine themselves to a regularly limited range, so as not to weaken the medium of the voice and should extend their compass according to individual progress and development." - G.B. Lamperti
Songlist: Twenty Nine Preparatory Vocalises
Review: Panofka was one of the great 19th century voice teachers. His background as a violinist and composer greatly informed these athletic bel canto vocalise compositions. Op. 81 is for Alto, Baritone, or Bass.
Songlist: 24 Vocalises
Voicing: Alto, Baritone, Bass
Review: Panofka was one of the great 19th century voice teachers. His background as a violinist and composer greatly informed these athletic bel canto vocalise compositions. Op. 81 is for alto or tenor.
Songlist: Twenty-four Progressive Vocalises
Voicing: Alto Tenor
Review: Mathilde Marchesi was a mezzo-soprano, teacher of singing, and exponent of the bel canto technique. She was an advocate of a naturalistic style of singing: she called for a fairly instinctive method of breathing and was particularly concerned with vocal registration, calling it "the Alpha and Omega of the formation and development of the female voice, the touchstone of all singing methods".