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Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation by Johann Adam Hiller

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ISBN-10: 0521358701

ISBN-13: 9780521358705

Edition: N/A

Authors: Johann Adam Hiller, Suzanne J. Beicken, John Butt, Laurence Dreyfus

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Hillers Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation was published in Germany in 1780 and is an important manual on vocal technique and performance in the eighteenth century. Hiller was a masterful educator and was active not only as a teacher but as a critic, composer, conductor and music director. Thus, his observations served not only to raise the standards of singing in Germany, based on the Italian model, but to present complicated material, particularly ornamentation, in a manner that his peers, the middle class, could emulate. This present edition, translated with an introduction and extensive commentary by musicologist Suzanne J. Beicken, makes Hillers treatise available for the…    
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Book details

List price: $55.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.65" wide x 9.61" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Suzanne J. Beicken is Lecturer in historical musicology at the University of Maryland and is also a performer, concert manager and music administrator. She is founder of the award-winning Maryland Boys Choir.

Laurence Dreyfus is Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

Translator's introduction and commentary
Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation: Preface
On the qualities of the human voice and its improvement
On good performance and how to use the voice
On good performance, with regard to text and music
On good performance, with regard to ornaments
On good performance, with regard to Passaggi
On good performance, with regard to the various genres of vocal forms and in consideration of performing in various places
On Cadenzas
On arbitrary variations of the Aria
Appendix: biographical information on singers and composers mentioned by Hiller