Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Guides to Lyric Diction Revised Edition)

Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Guides to Lyric Diction Revised Edition)

By: Timothy Cheek (author)Paperback

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Timothy Cheek's revised edition of Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, with its accompanying audio accessible online, builds on the original pioneering work of 2001 that set "a new and very welcome high standard for teaching lyric diction," according to Notes: The Journal of the Music Library Association. It offers users updated information, important clarifications, and expanded repertoire in a more accessible, easier to use format. Singing in Czech is divided into two parts. Using IPA, the first part takes the reader systematically through each sound of the Czech language, enhanced by recordings of native Czech opera singers. Chapters cover the Czech vowels, consonants, rules of assimilation, approaches to singing double consonants, stress and length, Moravian dialect, and an introduction to singing in Slovak. Fine points of formal pronunciation have been clarified in this revised edition. In the second part, Cheek offers a thorough overview of Czech art song, expanded from the first edition. Texts to major song literature and opera excerpts by Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, and Haas, with timings, editions, word-for-word translations, idiomatic translations, and IPA transcriptions follow. In this revision, Cheek has included additional cycles by Dvorak and Martinu, and two new chapters on Czech female composers Vitezslava Kapralova and Sylvie Bodorova. This revised edition of Singing in Czech is useful for all those who are interested and engaged in the performance of the rich Czech vocal repertoire.

About Author

Timothy Cheek is a pianist, vocal coach, and associate professor of performing arts at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. His books include The Janacek Opera Libretti, volumes I (2003) and II (2004); The Bartered Bride/Prodana nevesta: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation (2010); and Rusalka: A Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation (2012), all published by Scarecrow Press.


List of Recording Examples Foreword to the First Edition Preface Part One: The Sounds of the Czech Language Introduction to Part One Chapter 1: The Czech Vowel Sounds Chapter 2: The Czech Consonants Chapter 3: Double Consonants Chapter 4: Assimilation Chapter 5: Stress and Length Chapter 6: Moravian, the Dialect-and Slovak, the Language Part Two: Czech Vocal Repertoire Introduction to Part Two Chapter 7: Overview Chapter 8: Bedirch Smetana Chapter 9: Antonin Dvofiak Chapter 10: Leos Janaaek Chapter 11:Bohuslav Martinu Chapter 12: Pavel Haas Chapter 13: Vituzslava Kapralova Chapter 14: Sylvie Bodorova Appendix A: Publishers Appendix B: Organizations Appendix C: Czech Poets Appendix D: Pronunciation Checklist Selected References Index About the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9780810888777
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 430
  • ID: 9780810888777
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0810888777
  • edition: Revised Edition

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