Hello - I want to use this site as a 'back-up' for the We Sang Better volumes, and to encourage commentary. These days, more than ever, the ideals of good singing need to be
discussed! James A
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operasoprano (Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:35)
The book has been an eye-opener! Very interesting. Present standards need to improve, that's for sure. The fact they discussed ideals so much in the past is a great reminder for now - let's discuss
the ideals again.
Philomelita (Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:31)
I was given these books as a present, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them (my blog makes it obvious why...). Your approach collects so many primary-source nuggets together, in useful categories, that
the books are an excellent reference in themselves. Singers who want vocal freedom should know about them!
Choir member, soprano (Saturday, 29 November 2014 07:01)
I love these volumes! They emphasise doing better with the natural voice through gentle, good old-fashioned work - love the 'old' advice - time to bring it back.
Tsuji (Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:18)
When I had a look at the title I assumed the author was going to analyze the different modes that appeared after 1800: early romanticism, late romanticism, verismo, etc. As I was too interested in
the way they sang before 1800, it's after 2 years when I took the book when I was hospitalized this time. One thing I agreed to is that it is an extreme assertion that all was lost after 1800; best
singers somehow retained part of the old school. And most importantly, today's early music singing suffers some anachronism by not learning from the best singers after1800.
I am learning singing mainly by listening to the best violinists and boy sopranos singing Handel, Bach, or Mozart. The author's conclusions seem to overlap with mine to a considerable degree.
It was fun to spend the leisurely hours in the hospital. Thank you very much.
Edison Bentz (Sunday, 05 February 2017 13:03)
Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than
that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I'll certainly be back.