English Diction in Song and Speech

In writing this brief treatise on “English Diction for Singers” I have aimed at making it as comprehensive and as simple as possible, for I hold that in a textbook for practical use no words should be wasted.

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Great Singers, First Series

In compiling and arranging the material which enters into the following sketches of distinguished singers, it is only honest to disclaim any originality except such as may be involved in a picturesque presentation of facts. The compiler has drawn freely from a great variety of sources, and has been simply guided by the desire to give the reading public such a digest of the more important incidents in the careers of the celebrities treated of as should be at once compact, racy, and accurate.

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Jenny Linds Tour Through America and Cuba

THE arrangements which had been entered into by Mademoiselle Lind, with P.T. Barnum, for her visit to the United States, had been well Canvassed on both sides of the Atlantic when she first left Liverpool; nor were there a few who predicted a great loss to the speculator in her unrivaled attractions as the principal and most popular of living songstresses.

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Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing

In offering this work to the public the publishers wish to lay before those who sing or who are about to study singing, the simple, fundamental rules of the art based on common sense. The two greatest living exponents of the art of singing—Luisa Tetrazzini and Enrico Caruso—have been chosen as examples, and their talks on singing have additional weight from the fact that what they have to say has been printed exactly as it was uttered, the truths they expound are driven [3]home forcefully, and what they relate so simply is backed by years of experience and emphasized by the results they have achieved as the two greatest artists in the world.

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English Diction for Singers and Speakers

While this book is put forth by the author especially for the guidance of singers, it is also intended to meet the needs of public
speakers, and, in fact, all who pretend to refined or artistic use of the English language.

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Great Singers Series 2

In the preparation of this companion volume of “Great Singers,” the same limitations of purpose have guided the author as in the case of the earlier book, which sketched the lives of the greatest lyric artists from Faustina Bordoni to Henrietta Sontag.

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Piano and Song

Friedrich Wieck, the author of the work a translation of which is here offered to the public, was during his long life a distinguished teacher of music. He died in the autumn of 1873. He was the father and teacher of the celebrated pianist, Clara Wieck, now Fr. Dr. Clara Schumann, widow of the renowned composer Robert Schumann, who was also a pupil of Wieck. His second daughter, Fräulein Marie Wieck, is well known in Germany as an artistic performer on the piano-forte.

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Expressive Voice Culture

The Emerson System treats the voice as a natural reporter of the individual, constantly emphasizing the tendency of the voice to express appropriately any mental concept or state of feeling. This treatise is a setting forth of methods and principles based upon this idea with a fuller elaboration of the relation of technique to expression. No attempt is here made, however, to present more than an individual contribution to this broad subject.

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History of the Opera

IT has often been said, and notably, by J. J. Rousseau, and after him, with characteristic exaggeration, by R. Wagner, that “Opera” does not mean so much a musical work, as a musical, poetical, and spectacular work all at once; that “Opera” in fact, is “the work,” par excellence, to the production of which all the arts are necessary.

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A Practical Discourse on Some Principles of Hymn-Singing

What St. Augustin says of the emotion which he felt on hearing the music in the Portian basilica at Milan in the year 386 has always seemed to me a good illustration of the relativity of musical expression; I mean how much more its ethical significance depends on the musical experience of the hearer, than on any special accomplishment or intrinsic development of the art. Knowing of what kind that music must have been and how few resources of expression it can have had,–being rudimental in form, without suggestion of harmony, and in its performance unskilful, its probably nasal voice-production unmodified by any accompaniment,–one marvels at his description,

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Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday

It has been the desire of the author to give, in a book of modest dimensions, as complete a record as possible of the “Famous Singers” from the establishment of Italian Opera down to the present day. The majority are opera singers, but in a few cases oratorio and concert singers of exceptional celebrity have been mentioned also.

To give complete biographical sketches of all singers of renown would require a work of several large volumes, and all that can be attempted here is to give a mere “bird’s-eye view” of those whose names exist as singers of international repute.

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Art of Singing and Vocal Declamation

For some time regret has been expressed that the Art of Singing is dying out. There is no reason why it should; but it will die out if the system of teaching at present generally in vogue continues. There is only one system by which anything — art, science, or profession —can be learned!

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Index to Kindergarten Songs

This index, the plan of which is similar to that of the well known Granger index to recitations, was suggested by demands from St. Louis kindergartners for the location of songs for which they were searching.

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A Practical Physiology

The author has aimed to prepare a text-book on human physiology for use in higher schools. The design of the book is to furnish a practical manual of the more important facts and principles of physiology and hygiene, which will be adapted to the needs of students in high schools, normal schools, and academies.

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For Every Music Lover

For Every Music Lover

How we can approach knowledge of music. Mistaken isolation of the art. Those who belong to the privileged class. Music, as well as religion, meant for all. Business of its ministers and teachers. Promise of the twentieth century. Fruitage of our own free soil.
American world-view. Purpose of volume.

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Breathing for Voice Production

So much has been written during recent years regarding Breathing in relation to Voice Production and General Health, it may seem superfluous to say more on the subject. But the author feels strongly that the particular method the Lateral Costal Method of breathing he advocates has not received due attention, and he therefore ventures to urge its claims to consideration.

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