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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

About the Author

Richard Aldrich is a regular commentator on war and espionage and has written for the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Times and the Telegraph . He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence which won the Donner Book Prize in 2002. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Music
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (August 11, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486275019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486275017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
No book can teach a person how to sing--to sing requires intelligence, fortitude and a good teacher ultimately. If you are looking for a reference and many good thoughts about the subject during your studies, start with "How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann. Mme. Lehmann's work, "Meine Gesangskunst," translated by R. Aldrich as "How To Sing" is complete in every respect. A word of caution: do NOT read the vowels as if they are in Italian or German--Mr. Aldrich translated EVERYTHING. Long A is as in the word "say" or "Hay", etc--read them as an American would read them. Realize also that her "Auxiliary" vowels are NOT sung as they are, but are merely part of the the MIXTURE--for instance, a long O (long as in the word LOW) contains the brightness of ee (as in three), ay as in say, etc--and these are her way of helping you to concentrate the voice forward--the goal of every true singer being resonance, brightness, the slight nasal quality (not nasal singing)and projection. Her great scale literally saved my voice (see pp. 95-100), and I have been using it exclusively twice daily for 3 years now with excellent results. Her sense of humor is European and refined, her outlook on art is timeless and her interpretations of songs such as Schubert's "Erlkoenig" will add a dimension not available elsewhere. While it may seem like a difficult book to comprehend, it is one that bears reading, re-reading and internalization. Naturally singing is an art that requires intelligence, fortitude and constant re-evalutation, and this book should be a part of any serious singer's library. Another reviewer stated she wished for a book that would teach her to sing--no book can do that, but what books can do is AID us in our studies.Read more ›
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I have multiple copies of this great book, including a signed copy of the German first edition. Like the the professional singer who took some real time to analyse this book, I always want to keep a copy close by. ALthough I am just an amateur, I have found that the Great Scale has proved a godsend to my voice. NO BOOK can teach you how to sing -- otherwise the world would be full of Carusos and Lehmanns and Domingos -- but a book such as this can help you refine your thought process around voice production, dramatic presentation, etc. For me, reading the chapter on how Mme. Lehmann worked out her interpretations of lieder was extraordinarily enlightening. Even a novice can learn from that: especially when you listen to her fabulous recording of "Erlkoenig" and can hear how truly her writing reflects her actual interpretation of that wonderful lied. Lehmann's entire life was dedicated to music (she was also a gifted pianist although she never performed on stage) and the 2 editions of arias which she edited and scored for piano make a nice complement to this book. In sum, there is much food for thought here for professional and amateur and operaphile alike. Lehmann was noted for the intellectual validity of her interpretations as well as for her technique: we are fortunate that she left both a comprehensive vocal record and a solid, practical written guide.
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DO NOT BUY. This edition of the book should not be for sale. The printing leaves out parts of the original text!!! The index does not include the chapter headings, a footnote is missing, an entire paragraph somehow got omitted, formatting is changed and illustrations appear in different places. In addition, the illustrations in this edition are mostly illegible and are not in color - which makes all of Lehmann's markings in red hard to see (the publishers of this edition appear to have scanned the original images, but at a very low resolution). All information about the original title in German and even credit for who provided the translation is not included in this edition!!

Also, the binding does not include any text on the spine, and the blurb on the back cover is clearly for a different book!

This may be a lovely book, but this particular edition is terribly inaccurate and should not be available for purchase.

(I have done a side by side comparison of this edition with the version printed in 1903 by The MacMillan Company.)
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This writing, by one of the greatest singers, ever, will enable you to understand and learn all the aspects of what are not only the mechanics of vocal production, but learn the interconnection of mind, body and spirit of singing.
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For me, it is worth reading - I won't go into the details as many other reviewers already did (thanks).- I love her diagrams/drawings, very helpful visualization to connect body and voice, etc. I am glad that I bought it. I highly recommend it for whole-hearted singing lovers.
There is a very good summary of this books with very good drawings (using red marks for illustration) for free! I found this summary is very useful, here is the link: [...]
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Although I can get very much out of this book online, I am still glad that I have my own copy.
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Book is in large font. But the images in the book are not in it. Maybe just received a bad copy.
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