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Art song in the United States, 1759-1999 : an annotated bibliography
Carman, Judith E.
Personal Author:
Third edition / edited by Judith E. Carman.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 475 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Art-song in the United States, 1801-1987. 2nd ed. 1987.

Includes a special section, Art song in the United States, 1759-1810, by Gordon Myers.
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ML128.S3 C37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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This is an extensively annotated listing of art songs for solo voice and piano by American composers. The annotations contain information on: composer, title, poet, collection number (if applicable), publication data, key, vocal range, vocal tessitura, meter signature, tempo indication, length, level of difficulty for both voice and piano, voice type most suitable, mood and/or subject of the song, description of the vocal line, description of the piano score, special difficulties, possible uses, recording(s) (if applicable), and individual titles with annotations (if a cycle or set).

Author Notes

Judith E. Carman has taught in both the college and university and the private studio settings. She currently maintains a private studio in Houston, TX, where she teaches voice and Yoga for Singers. She is the Music Reviewer for the NATS Journal of Singing. William K. Gaeddert is Professor of Music at Baker University. Gordon Myers is a composer and well-known researcher and performer of early American song. He is currently retired from the music faculty of Trenton State University. Rita M. Resch is Professor of Music at Central Missouri State University.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The National Association of Teachers of Singing issued the first edition of this index (1976), also edited by Carman. This third edition, with nearly 2,500 entries arranged by composer, has separate sections for 74 foreign-language titles and continues a section of songs, 1759-1810, in anthologies as cited by Gordon Myers, now with 67 titles. Also included are a discography, composer list by decade of birth, and indexes by poets and "special characteristics" (i.e., readings like "Song Cycles," "Encore Songs," "Humorous Songs," and "Songs for Students with Limited Ranges"). The citations cover the mood of the song, nature and tessitura of the voice required, character of the accompaniment, and performance difficulties. Art song, as here defined, excludes songs from operas, operettas, and musicales: no Gershwin, Herbert, Rodgers, or Sondheim. The dividing line between art song and popular song is irrelevant: 16 of Stephen Foster's several hundred songs are in, but no Root, Winner, or Work. Instead, this is a repertory for concert singers, as defined by serious composers (arguably most distinguished in the years around WW II), their publishers, and their colleagues who teach voice. The latter in particular, and libraries that serve them, will find this book invaluable. D. W. Krummel emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign