In The Techniques Of Singing the US-born contemporary bass baritone singer Nicholas Isherwood discusses the Vocal techniques required to master the music of today.
Music from the 20th and 21st centuries demands a notably larger spectrum of abilities than traditional Vocal literature. In this book, Isherwood describes these techniques with numerous examples, giving practice tips and demonstrating the techniques on an included CD.
Using Berio’s 'Sequenza III' as an example, Isherwood shows how a singer can learn such a work, step by step. The book also includes an overview of solo Vocal repertoire and makes reference to pieces that might be suitable for a singer with little experience in contemporary music.
Composers will also benefit from this book, thanks to information on Vocal registers, their limits and possibilities. In addition, the musical examples provide an insight into various notation possibilities.
The Techniques Of Singing includes chapters on the following themes:
- From whispering to screaming
- The use of electronic amplification
- Singing and acting
About the author:
Bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood is one of the leading singers of contemporary music around the world today. He has worked with many notable conductors, directors and composers, among them Bussotti, Carter, Crumb, Henze, Kagel, Kurtág, Messiaen, Scelsi, Stockhausen and Xenakis and has taken part in over 50 recordings. Isherwood is also an active composer, director and teacher.