On the Art of Singing

On the Art of Singing

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A comprehensive volume on all facets of vocal performance, On the Art of Singing considers in detail established comparative vocal techniques, the specifics of interpretation and communication, the factors that contribute to career preparation and maintainance, and the application of functional information to the art of singing. Topics that most frequently concern singers and teachers at all levels of accomplishment are reviewed. These include an examination of pedagogical approaches to breath management, to laryngeal freedom, and to resonance balance, advice on career building, considerations of style and interpretation, and information on the physiology and acoustics of the singing voice. Data from diverse sources, otherwise inaccessible to the singer, are assembled and interpreted in the light of performance artistry. From his own long and distinguished career as a performer, teacher of singing, and vocal researcher, the author aims at making practical the relationship of technical proficiency to freedom in performance.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line drawings
  • 0195098250
  • 9780195098259
  • 1,370,313

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The content of the book is commendable, useful and illustrated with plenty of amusing anecdotes. * Elin Harries, Music Teacher, May 1997 * Richard Miller's eminence as a vocal pedagogue, is securely rooted in considerable performance experience, masterful teaching and extensive scientific research. Everything presented in this book is excellent, thoroughly researched and practised material. It should be required reading for every singer and teacher. This book is a compendium of authoritative. justified and distilled wisdom. Those of us who have sat humbly at the feet of the master are able to hear his voice clearly speaking and demonstrating throughout this text. Written by a cultured and refined teacher/artist and writer, this is the soundest and liveliest book on vocal pedagogy published recently. * the singer, December/January 1997/1998 * On the Art of Singing is undoubtedly a labour of love, the fruit of years of dedicated training of voices. * Martin Bussey, B J Music 14/3 * The content of the book is commendable, useful and illustrated with plenty of amusing anecdotes. * Elin Harries, Music Teacher, May 1997 *show more

About Richard Miller

The late Richard Miller was Professor of Singing and the Director of the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.show more

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This engaging new collection of essays is the first book to look at the art of singing in its totality. Written in a lively, non-technical style, On the Art of Singing is a comprehensive manual that deals with all aspects of singing, from the physiology and acoustics of the singing voice to career-building. Divided into four main sections - vocal technique, style and interpretation, professional preparation, and vocal pedagogythe book's structure is such that the reader may pick and choose as personal interests and needs dictate. Containing information found nowhere else, including original research on the mechanics of voice, this book collects in one volume everything that renowned instructor and singer Richard Miller considers essential to the art of vocal performance. Incorporating a number of pieces from Miller's popular sotto voce column in the Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, many of them revised, as well as many newly written essays, the volume highlights Miller's belief that vocal technique and performance artistry cannot be separated. To anyone seeking that elusive state of vocal freedom, whether as a singer or instructor of singers, and to anyone else interested in voice, vocal technique, or vocal performance, On the Art of Singing will prove an indispensable guide.show more

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