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The ABRSM Songbook - Book 3

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Our Price: £18.00    Change Currency
Media: Sheet Music, CD
Arrangement: Voice, Piano Accompaniment (VCE/PFA)
Catalogue #: 9781860965999
ISBN: 9781860965999


The five-volume ABRSM Songbook series offers singers and their teachers an unrivalled choice of core repertoire that will provide the bedrock for many years of rewarding vocal study.

This series features:

  • Over 1000 art songs, drawn from Grades 1-5 of the Associated Board's Singing syllabus.
  • A massive range of repertoire from the Medieval to modern musicals - many in practical new editions.
  • Irresistible new arrangements by Carol Barratt of eighteen classic songs.
  • A rich collection of sixty authentic unaccompanied traditional songs, sourced from around the world.
  • English singing translations for every non-English-language song - many newly-commissioned.
  • Useful notes on the songs containing background information and performance suggestions.
  • CDs of Piano accompaniment to all the art songs, performed by Simon Lepper, as well as recordings of the text to every song, performed by native speakers.

The ABRSM Songbook - Book 3 reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
9 out of 10


EDINBURGH GB Piano teacher
Worth buying for the Dalmatian Cradle Song & "The Owls" alone !

Carol Barratt's accompaniment to "Allan Water" & "Ash Grove" are interesting and definitely 'grow on you'; they are independent of the
vocal line and sometimes pitched higher than it -- good experience for the singing student.

Editor's background notes useful for
explaining Betty Roe's songs.
Some English translations could be updated, e.g. Taubert's Lullaby.

No original text supplied for the Sicilian River Song.
Confirmed purchase: 22 June 2016
Published on: 12 July 2016
10 out of 10


Merseyside GB Busy mum of 3
The accompanying cd is fantastic !
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 25 April 2016
Published on: 09 May 2016
8 out of 10


Rugby GB Singing teacher
Good selection of songs. Useful CD.
Not so keen on some of the folk songs from other countries, although I understand why they're there.
Confirmed purchase: 09 December 2014
Published on: 09 January 2015

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating Obviously, this series of AB publications is a "must" for anyone preparing for a Grade 1-5 singing exam......this is a good selection of songs, covering a wide variety of styles. However, as a teacher I have 2 problems with all the books in the series. 1)Why does the book not tell you to which list - A,B or C - each song belongs? And 2) The piano accompaniments on the CDs accompanying the songs are actually quite hard to sing along to, even for an experienced musician, and they're only of use if the key suits the singer. Some of the keys chosen are likely to be problematic in some cases.
See more reviews by Jacqueline Connell - (Aylesbury, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating A little expensive but lots of song to choose from.

Customer Rating Really good book, if a little expensive. However, having the CD is very useful for practice purposes.
See more reviews by cherry4 - (Cannock, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating A good repertoire guide with very good language support. A lot of the songs are covered in other publications but it is convenient to have the Grade 3 songs in one book. I have never been an advocate of songs in exotic languages as a lot of singers cannot even sing in English so would not use Chinese etc for Grade 3 standard singers.

Customer Rating A useful resource.
See more reviews by - (Hertford, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating These song books are full of a wide range of songs and the CD promises good support but doesn't quite deliver. It only provides the piano accompaniment and a second track with the words being said to help with pronunciation. The missing element, for me, is the song being sung, so that students can hear what it should sound like. ABRSM provide this for instrumental CDs, but fail to provide it here. I think they missed a trick!
See more reviews by Eva N - (Liss, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating It would help if the songs were arranged in lists A, B,and C. Personally I don't think the pronunciation guide is needed for English songs - having an alternative key could be useful (especially if you are teaching broken /breaking voices). Too many traditional songs (12) compared with Art Songs (20). Easy-to-read music and helpful information about each song.

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 09/09/2008
Format: Vocal Album
Length: 76 pages
Language: English
Publisher: ABRSM Publishing
Editor: Ross Campbell; Robert Forbes; Lilija Zobens

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