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A singer's guide to the songs of Joaquín Rodrigo
Draayer, Suzanne Rhodes, 1952-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 268 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes text of songs in Spanish with each line followed by the English translation and preceded by a transcription in the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
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ML410.R632 D73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Now in Paper! An authoritative and indispensable guide to Joaqu'n Rodrigo's vast catalog of vocal works, A Singer's Guide provides word-for-word translations, idiomatic translations, and IPA transcriptions of all eighty-seven songs. Other details given are background information, range, length and other relevant facts. Biographies of Rodrigo and his wife, Victoria Kamhi, are also included, as well as information gleaned from in-depth interviews and correspondence with Cecilia Rodrigo, the only child of Victoria and Joaqu'n Rodrigo. Much of this information has never before been available to the public. Paperback edition with CD available May 2003.

Author Notes

Dr. Suzanne R. Draayer, soprano, is professor of music at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota

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Choice Review

The performance world for today's active singers requires stretching beyond the "canon" of German, Austrian, French, Italian, British, and US song. US singers want to extend themselves to neglected art cultures and are investigating repertoires little known to Western audiences--e.g., Slavic, Scandinavian, middle European, Australian, and New Zealand song. Scarecrow has long specialized in scholarly bibliographies, a considerable number of them in music. Victoria Villamil's A Singer's Guide to American Art Song, 1870-1980 (CH, Jun'94) and other texts on song have been important additions to music library collections supporting the study of song. The present volume is Scarecrow's first venture into the growing field of "singers' guides," volumes that contain texts, translations, International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, and commentary on the complete songs of a single composer. The average voice teacher knows only a handful of the songs of 20th-century Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, a situation this resource rectifies. Rodrigo was blind, and his wife supported his career in essential ways. Draayer (Winona State Univ.) provides brief biographies of both in her valuable introduction, along with valuable publication information. Volumes such as this one help expand the repertoire of singers, particularly those who do not have the opportunity to study many foreign languages intensively. All collections supporting study of song. M. S. Roy; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
1. The Composer's Biographyp. 1
2. Victoria Kamhi and Her Life with Joaquin Rodrigop. 13
3. Cancionesp. 23
4. Canciones de dos epocasp. 91
5. Cantos de amor y de guerrap. 111
6. Con Antonio Machadop. 121
7. Cuatre cancons en llengua catalanap. 145
8. Cuatro canciones sefardiesp. 157
9. Cuatro madrigales amatoriosp. 165
10. Doce canciones espanolasp. 171
11. Dos canciones para cantar a los ninosp. 191
12. Dos poemasp. 195
13. La grottep. 205
14. Liricas castellanasp. 211
15. Rosalianap. 217
16. Triptico de Mosen Cintop. 231
17. Villancicosp. 243
Selected Discographyp. 253
Videop. 255
Bibliographyp. 257