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David Adams
A Handbook of Diction for Singers

International Phonetic Alphabet Symbols for Italian
Italian Vowels
Glides in Italian
Italian Diacritical Marks
Italian Dipthongs
Italian Tripthongs
Vowel Length In Italian
Italian Consonants
Single and Double Consonants
More About Vowels
Phrasal Doubling in Italian
Singing Consonant Clusters
Musical Settings of Italian Diphthongs
Italian Dictionaries
Sample Texts
International Phonetic Alphabet Symbols for French
French Diacritical Marks
Definition of Terms Relating to French Diction
French Syllabification
Word Stress in French
Mixed Vowels
Nasal Vowels
Glides in French
French Consonants
French Dictionaries
Sample Texts
Index of Sounds by Spelling
General Index

Now in its second edition, A Handbook of Diction for Singers is a complete guide to achieving professional levels of diction in Italian, German, and French, the three major languages of the classical vocal repertory. 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. The book combines traditional approaches proven successful in the teaching of diction with important new material not readily available elsewhere, presenting the sounds of each language in logical order, along with essential information on matters such as diacritical marks, syllabification, word stress, and effective use of the variety of foreign-language dictionaries. Presented in an attractively concise format, the book goes into greater detail than comparable texts, providing specific information to clarify concepts typically difficult for English-speaking singers. Particular emphasis is placed on the characteristics of vowel length, the sequencing of sounds between words, as well as the differences between spoken and sung sounds in all three languages. Featuring significantly expanded coverage of each of the three languages and illustrated with numerous examples, this second edition of A Handbook of Diction for Singers is an exceptional text for courses in diction and a valuable reference source for all vocalists.

Item code: 7072B | Book | $28.95 add item to cart
Classical  | Solo | 248 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10

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