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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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.