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"Wow! No need to bother with other reference works for these three languages---it's all here and then some! I'm so impressed with Mr. Adams' thoroughness, clarity, and his ability to keep what could be a dry subject interesting, entertaining and stimulating. Any singer, voice teacher or collaborative pianist needs this on a very handy shelf." --Martin Katz, Pianist, Coach, and Conductor


"A Handbook of Diction for Singers will make an invaluable addition to any singer's library. The clarity and simplicity of Mr. Adams' approach to lyric diction is wonderful to read, and his years of teaching and the depth of his understanding only underscore his clear and clean explanation of the many aspects of this discipline. Bravo, David!" --Warren Jones, Pianist


"David Adams' contribution to the singer's bookshelf is invaluable. He not only provides a clear, pragmatic guide to diction for singers and pianists but approaches the topic with a fine ear for music and a deep understanding of the challenges singers face in uniting music and text." --Brian Zeger, collaborative pianist and Director of Vocal Arts, Juilliard School


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David H. Adams has sung as lyric tenor in opera and concert in Italy, Austria, Germany, and the US. He has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music since 1980, and is currently Head of the Performance Studies Division of the Conservatory. He is artistic director of the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music School.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195325591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195325591
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Student on April 28, 2004
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Professor David Adams skillfully offers keen insight into the basics of Italian, German, and French diction. In addition to covering the most general rules, he goes on to explain common exceptions and more elusive nuances of each language within the context of a singer's perspective. Some familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet is helpful but not necessary.
This book will prove a tremendous asset for any singer whose goal is more than simply singing correct notes. It will assist in adding that element of expression only possible with the clarity of the text as it was intended by the composer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willie Anthony Waters on December 30, 2011
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I have long used the appreciated David Adams' textbook A HANDBOOK OF DICTION FOR SINGERS. Having seen the 2nd edition that a colleague owned, I decided to purchase it. It is even better than the original. The thing I like about this book is that it is concise, direct, practical, easy to read and comprehend, and is not bogged down in too much academic rhetoric as some other diction texts I have studied. I highly recommend it for singers and teachers.

Willie Anthony Waters
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Kwon on March 19, 2008
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Prof. Adams was my previous voice teacher at College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. Now I study voice at University of Illinois. We used his book for Diction class. Every terminology and explanation is very clear. It is best reference book for singers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Singer Peter on June 19, 2008
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This is an excellent resource that I've used many times in my song study. I recently purchased the updated 2008 edition also by Adams, and it contains much of the same great material. I'd recommend either edition, but the latter does have more current research that makes it a bit more desirable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Beach on October 4, 2009
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Love the book. It's exactly what I needed for class. Excellent book for anyone wanting to learn diction for Italian, German, or French.
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