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Great Singers on the Art of Singing Educational Conferences with Foremost Artists   By: (1875-1960)

Great Singers on the Art of Singing Educational Conferences with Foremost Artists by James Francis Cooke

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GREAT SINGERS ON THE ART of SINGING

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES WITH FOREMOST ARTISTS

BY JAMES FRANCIS COOKE

A SERIES OF PERSONAL STUDY TALKS WITH THE MOST RENOWNED OPERA CONCERT AND ORATORIO SINGERS OF THE TIME

ESPECIALLY PLANNED FOR VOICE STUDENTS

[Illustration]

THEO. PRESSER CO. PHILADELPHIA, PA.

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY THEO. PRESSER CO.

INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT SECURED

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION 5

THE TECHNIC OF OPERATIC PRODUCTION 21

WHAT THE AMERICAN GIRL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AN OPERATIC CAREER Frances Alda 31

MODERN VOCAL METHODS IN ITALY Pasquale Amato 38

THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF INTERPRETATION David Bispham 45

SUCCESS IN CONCERT SINGING Dame Clara Butt 58

THE VALUE OF SELF STUDY IN VOICE TRAINING Giuseppe Campanari 68

ITALY, THE HOME OF SONG Enrico Caruso 79

MODERN ROADS TO VOCAL SUCCESS Julia Claussen 90

SELF HELP IN VOICE STUDY Charles Dalmores 100

IF MY DAUGHTER SHOULD STUDY FOR GRAND OPERA Andreas Dippel 110

HOW A GREAT MASTER COACHED OPERA SINGERS Emma Eames 121

THE OPEN DOOR TO OPERA Florence Easton 133

WHAT MUST I GO THROUGH TO BECOME A PRIMA DONNA? Geraldine Farrar 144

THE MASTER SONGS OF ROBERT SCHUMANN Johanna Gadski 154

TEACHING YOURSELF TO SING Amelita Galli Curci 166

THE KNOW HOW IN THE ART OF SINGING Mary Garden 176

BUILDING A VOCAL REPERTOIRE Alma Gluck 185

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG CONCERT SINGERS Emilio de Gogorza 191

THOROUGHNESS IN VOCAL PREPARATION Frieda Hempel 200

COMMON SENSE IN TRAINING AND PRESERVING THE VOICE Dame Nellie Melba 207

SECRETS OF BEL CANTO Bernice de Pasquali 217

HOW FORTUNES ARE WASTED IN VOCAL EDUCATION Marcella Sembrich 227

KEEPING THE VOICE IN PRIME CONDITION Ernestine Schumann Heink 235

ITALIAN OPERA IN AMERICA Antonio Scotti 251

THE SINGER'S LARGER MUSICAL PUBLIC Henri Scott 260

SINGING IN CONCERT AND WHAT IT MEANS Emma Thursby 269

NEW ASPECTS OF THE ART OF SINGING IN AMERICA Reinald Werrenrath 283

HOW I REGAINED A LOST VOICE Evan Williams 292

INTRODUCTION

VOCAL GOLD MINES AND HOW THEY ARE DEVELOPED

Plutarch tells how a Laconian youth picked all the feathers from the scrawny body of a nightingale and when he saw what a tiny thing was left exclaimed,

" Surely thou art all voice and nothing else! "

Among the tens of thousands of young men and women who, having heard a few famous singers, suddenly determine to follow the trail of the footlights, there must be a very great number who think that the success of the singer is "voice and nothing else." If this collection of conferences serves to indicate how much more goes into the development of the modern singer than mere voice, the effort will be fruitful.

Nothing is more fascinating in human relations than the medium of communication we call speech. When this is combined with beautiful music in song, its charm is supreme. The conferences collected in this book were secured during a period of from ten to fifteen years; and in every case the notes have been carefully, often microscopically, reviewed and approved by the artist. They are the record of actual accomplishment and not mere metempirical opinions. The general design was directed by the hundreds of questions that had been presented to the writer in his own experience in teaching the art of singing... Continue reading book >>




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