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Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices
Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices.

Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-532265-1
  • Editorial: Oxford University Press
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné con sobrecubierta
  • Formato: 15,5x23,5
  • Páginas: 256
  • Idiomas: Inglés
  • Tipo: LIBRO


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Perhaps the most renowned writer in the field of vocal pedagogy, Richard Miller has delivered a new and outstanding contribution to the study of vocal technique in "Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices". The first thorough and comprehensive treatment of low male voices, this book draws on techniques and practical advice from Miller's years of professional experience as a performer and pedagogue.

With a unique focus on "securing" the technical stability of the male voice, the book offers practical advice to students, their teachers, and professional performers, through numerous practical exercises and repertoire suggestions appropriate to various stages of development. Miller synthesizes historic vocal pedagogy with the latest research on the singing voice, always emphasizing the special nature of the male voice and the proper physiological functioning for vocal proficiency. An indispensable guide to male low voices, this book is an essential text for performers, aspiring performers, and instructors alike.


Part I. Technique
1. Who is a baritone? Who is a bass-baritone? Who is a bass?
2. Beginning in the speech-inflection
3. Managing the breath
4. Vowel definition and the "chiaroscuro"
5. Vowel modification ("Cover"). Energization
6. Moving into the middle voice ("zona di passagio") and above
7. The agility factor
8. Further consideration of "resonance" in baritone, bass-baritone, and bass voices
9. More on positioning the larynx
10. Pedagogic uses of falsetto for baritone, bass-baritone, and bass voices
11. The phenomenon of vibrato, an inherent component of elite voice resonance
12. Establishing technical security (trusting the body)
13. Developing an individual tonal concept
14. Dynamic control, "mezza voce", and the "messa di voce"
15. Voice viruses (dealing with some common problems of male low voices)
16. Contributing to performance effectiveness

Part II. Performance preparation and enhancement
17. Performance preparation and enhancement
18. Early repertoire suggestions
19. Choosing audition material

Appendix 1. A sampling of few great baritones, bass-baritones and basses of the past and present. Who serve as good models
Appendix 2. What should the well-equipped teacher know?
Appendix 3. IPA symbols for some sung vowels, with model words
Appendix 4. The ten commandments of voice pedagogy (diagnosing and prescribing)

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