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Diction for Singers: A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French and Spanish Pronunciation Paperback – June 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-1877761515 ISBN-10: 1877761516 Edition: 1St Edition
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Joan Wall is a voice professor at Texas Woman's University, where she has taught diction courses for more than twenty years. She was a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), presenting seminars and workshops, and has had a celebrated international performing career, singing as a principal with the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutche Opera Berlin, and in concerts, operas, and recitals throughout the United States.

She has sung under the direction of such conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Boris Goldovsky, Alfred Wallenstein, Jean Morel, Fausto Cleva, Anshel Brusilow, and Paul Hindemith.

Wall is the author of International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers and coauthor of Diction for Singers, The Singer's Voice video series, Sing! Text and songs for voice class, and Excellence in Singing.

Robert Caldwell is president and CEO of Caldwell Publishing Company, which he founded in 1999. The company's mission is to make difficult ideas easier to teach and understand, particularly ideas in human anatomy and physiology.

Caldwell Publishing Company is now the parent company of PST...Inc., which he founded in 1987 to produce books for professional musicians.

He has authored and coauthored several best-selling books, including The Performer Prepares, Diction for Singers, the Singers' Edition Series, and his latest, the five-volume Excellence in Singing.

He has written, produced, directed, and animated several successful films, including the Human Voice series and Human Hearing series. These books and films are staples in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including the Juilliard School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University.

An accomplished pianist and singer, having earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music, he also lectures and conducts master classes. A native of southern Louisiana, he now resides in Redmond, Washington with his daughter, Katelyn.

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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Pst; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877761516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877761515
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Davis on November 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
With all due respect, well, yes, this book is of GENERAL use-there is a certain convenience in having all these languages in one book. And it maybe a way to begin this type of study. But, alas, there are so many aspects about diction not even addressed. Mistakes abound, and whereas those can be corrected, what about the information that is simply not included? The singer using this book will indeed gain a smattering of diction in all languages, but for adequate preparation for a classical singing career, singers should further their education with more specific textbooks on the languages in question. For instance Evelina Colorni's Italian book, Nico Castel's Spanish offerings, Glenn Paton's Gateway to German Diction, Thomas Grubb's Singing in French or Eileen Davis' new book Sing French. Shortcuts are exactly that, SHORTCUTS! If you are a serious singer, shortcuts just don't work. Get with it-study the details in order to be really competitive in your art. Would you shortcut your vocal technique? Of course not! Nor should you shortcut any part of your training. If you are a diction teacher of students targeting a performance career, please consider the future of your students and the foundation you are providing them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Lent on October 13, 2001
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This book is a must-have if you are to sing successfully. It is pretty easy to understand, and it introduces IPA without confusing everyone. There are a few mistakes in it but almost every book has mistakes in it. Excellent and easy to understand. Get it if you are a singer!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Jackson on October 18, 2009
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As much as I would like to recommend what SHOULD be quite a good diction book, I really cannot. While it manages to deal with 6 languages in a fairly clear and easy to reference manner, it simply fails to be consistent or accurate in the examples and organization. I know it is a very popular book for college diction course, but even brilliant lecturers are often throw off their game by printing errors or poor examples. I have yet to find a truly satisfactory book that deals with multiple languages cleanly enough to recommend, but "Diction - Italian, Latin, French, German...the Sounds and 81 Exercises for Singing Them"
by John Moriarty is a fairly good jumping off place. I prefer "Singing in French: A Manual of French Diction and French Vocal Repertoire" by Thomas Grubb for French as it really needs it's own book to provide enough information. I applaud Ms. Wall for her other publications and truly believe her to be quite a good pedagogue and technician, but this book really deserves a MAJOR re-write and update before any reprinting should be allowed. At least it's not terribly expensive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pegram on March 24, 2010
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This book is essential for any vocalist who is studying voice in a foreign language, in particular. The info in this book is good, and since I wanted to have a copy, I decided to buy it used. This was the best deal out there, but a little pricey for all the notes that are in the book, some of which are incorrect. Overall, a great buy, tho.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F Pare on January 21, 2010
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This is an excellent reference for diction for the six european languages which it covers. For full coverage of the subject there is a referenced volume of International Phonetic Alphabet drills and exercises.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2001
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Diction for Singers is a great book, it has helped my singing tremendously! It gives detailed information about a variety of languages and their pronunciation! I recommend this book for any singer!
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A book I had to get in college and still use today as a private voice teacher. This goes in the "must have" category.
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