Readership: Voice Teachers (high school and collegiate), singers at all levels and Music Libraries.
Edited by Jonathan Retzlaff, Chair of Voice Department, Vanderbilt University, and Cheri Montgomery, Lecturer on Voice and Diction, Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Retzlaff is Associate Professor of Voice and Department Chair at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He holds degrees from Millikin University, Wichita State University & Arizona State University. He also teaches at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Devoted to performance and pedagogy, Retzlaff's background includes a rich knowledge of the art song repertoire which serves as foundation for the wealth of literature in Exploring Art Song Lyrics.
Cheri Montgomery is on the voice faculty at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where she teaches voice, English, Italian, German, and French diction. Extensive language studies led to the authorship and publication of the Lyric Diction Workbook Series. Mrs. Montgomery's texts have been adopted by major universities across the U.S. and in Canada. Her article, "The Dynamic Diction Classroom", is published in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of the Journal of Singing.
"Finally! One book containing our standard song repertoire and much more— meticulously transcribed and beautifully translated. This is the book we will keep closest at hand and recommend to our students. Times 750, herein lies linguistic access to the lyricism, pathos and drama that is song." - ?Margo Garrett, Professor of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Arts, The Juilliard School
"Superior, inclusive, informative, and best of all, very well-organized and easy to use! Exploring Art Song Lyrics has my highest recommendation!" - ?Warren Jones, Pianist, Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, and The Music Academy of the West
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Italian Pronunciation Guide
Italian Art Song Lyrics
German Pronunciation Guide
German Art Song Lyrics
French Pronunciation Guide
French Art Song Lyrics
Comparison of Methodologies for Phonetic Transcription
Guidelines for Transcription: Italian
Guidelines for Transcription: German
Guidelines for Transcription: French
Index of First Lines and Titles