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Complete Songs for Voice and Piano (Dover Song Collections) Paperback – Unabridged, February 17, 1998
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Interestingly, the "cycles" or groups of songs are not the same cycles that we find in the works of other composers. Rachmaninoff has set up these Opus numbers to contain songs for each of the main voice types, and therefore, the cycles are either meant to be sung by multiple vocalists, or are not intended to be sung in a sequence.
Any way that you choose to study and Perform Rachmaninoff song repertoire, you cannot go wrong. The challenges of this series goes beyond the difficulty of the rarely-sung Russian language. The ranges are often astonishingly challenging, with the climax being held for at least a value of a half-note.
I would only improve this book by providing IPA or other phonetic aids to the text. And, of course, I always like to see accompaniment provided on CD with repertoire books, since I am a lousy pianist!
Otherwise, it's a thoroughly lovely book: not only is Rakhmáñinov so outstanding as a lieder composer (and the accompaniments are no less gorgeous to play as the vocal-parts to sing!!); to boot, the book not only opens well, it's also a perfect size (too many vocal-scores and songbooks are of a reduced size compared to instrumental-only publications!)! Furthermore, the fonts and layout of the pages (unlike a few of Dover's other offerings, where the original engraving was a bit too ornate or less than pristine) both contribute to a stellar, easy-to-read product. It's an absolute MUST-BUY!!!
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This is a wonderful edition of Rachmaninoff songs. It is a real bargain for any lover of song. Dover has done an outstanding job in editing and publishing this volume. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Patricia Weis
The book is well done, very nice material and confortable to reading the music for piano and voice.
The cyrillic words allow to improve to the singer in the studing of russian... Read more