Now in its second edition, A Handbook of Diction for Singers is a complete guide to achieving professional levels of diction in Italian, German, and French, the three major languages of the classical vocal repertory. Written for English-speaking singers and offering thorough, consistent explanations, it is an ideal tool for students and an invaluable reference for voice teachers, vocal coaches, and conductors. The book combines traditional approaches proven successful in the teaching of diction with important new material not readily available elsewhere, presenting the sounds of each language in logical order, along with essential information on matters such as diacritical marks, syllabification, word stress, and effective use of the variety of foreign-language dictionaries.Presented in an attractively concise format, the book goes into greater detail than comparable texts, providing specific information to clarify concepts typically difficult for English-speaking singers. Particular emphasis is placed on the characteristics of vowel length, the sequencing of sounds between words, as well as the differences between spoken and sung sounds in all three languages. Featuring significantly expanded coverage of each of the three languages and illustrated with numerous examples, this second edition of A Handbook of Diction for Singers is an exceptional text for courses in diction and a valuable reference source for all vocalists.
Oxford University Press; January 2008
- ISBN: 9780198043669
- Edition: 2
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- Title: A Handbook of Diction for Singers
- Author: David Adams
Imprint: Oxford University Press
In The Press
"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
About The Author
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.