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Paul Barker

Paul Barker

Paul Barker's compositions include orchestral works, choral works, vocal music, chamber music, percussion music, operas, music theatre, dance theatre and theatre productions. Sixteen chamber operas - many of them recorded and televised - have been performed at major international festivals in the UK and Mexico. El Gallo, an opera without text for six actors and two string quartets (commissioned by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes in 2009) will receive its 100th performance in 2011; it is also being recorded and filmed. Orchestral works include a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by the London Mozart Players and premiered by Tasmin Little. An early orchestral work was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize. His clarinet quintet, In Memoriam, was commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet and Joan Lluna in 2004 and has to date received many international performances in Spain, Holland, Serbia, Ireland, London etc, and received outstanding reviews. In common with much of his recent music, the element of performance, sometimes theatrical, plays a prominent role. He has received many commissions for dance scores notably at the Edinburgh Festival and worked on over 50 theatrical productions internationally.


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Paul Barker : Composing for Voice : Solo : 01 Book : Paul Barker : 0415941873

Paul Barker : Composing for Voice

Review: Although there have been many texts on the art of singing, and others on composition, there are none on the unique challenges of composing for the voice. This book, written by a well-known contemporary composer and pedagogue, fills that gap by offering a comprehensive survey of issues surrounding both the singer and the composer. The book primarily focuses on classical vocal music, but also draws on examples from jazz, Broadway/theatrical, operatic, and popular music. From understanding the mechanics of the voice through techniques to wed text to music, this book will aid both composers and vocalists to better understand each other's craft.

Songlist: Preface, List of Musical Examples, The Voice Today: An Evaluation, How the Voice Works: A Composer's Perspective, Voice/Text/Music, The Singer and the Actor, Considerations of Style, Singers on Composers, Conclusions and a Way Forward, Educational Activities, Appendix 1: Vocal Nomenclature, Appendix 2: An Application of the International Phonetic Alphabet, Bibliography and Further Reading, Index

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