Music Makers: A Guide to Singing in a Chorus Or Choir with a Short History of Choral Music
Sunstone Press, 2005 - 107 pages
In the film "De-Lovely," Cole Porter admonishes the chorus of "Kiss Me Kate" to snap out their consonants. This book is not only about consonants, but also about vowels, breathing, round sounds and head tones--just a few of the many techniques discussed that will improve your singing in a choir or chorus or any group. It is written with the amateur in mind, but it is just as valuable for the professional. A brief history of choral singing from prehistory to the 21st Century is included. GERALD G. HOTCHKISS has sung in Christian and Jewish choirs, choruses, in octets, quartets, duets, barbershop, madrigals and Broadway reviews under many of the finest conductors in the United States as an amateur for more than sixty years.
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Hotchkiss has written an insightful guide designed to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of amateur singers in choral ensembles. After opening with a concise but useful overview of the history of ... Read full review
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