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Singers' Resources: Diction

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Diction for Singers: A Selective List of Books in the Emory Libraries

Phonetics and Diction—General

Coffin, Berton. Coffin's Overtones of Bel Canto : Phonetic Basis of Artistic Singing : With 100 Chromatic Vowel-Chart Exercises. 1st ed. 1980.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C6

Shiel, Richard F.  A Singer's Manual of Foreign Language Dictions.  2004.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S44 2004

Trusler, Ivan, and Walter Ehret. Functional Lessons in Singing. 2d ed. 1972.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .T7 1972

Wall, Joan. International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers : A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction. 1989.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .W355 1989

Czech

Cheek, Timothy. Singing in Czech:  A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire. 2015.
Online access

Marshall, Madeleine Forell. The Singer's Manual of English Diction. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .M3 1975

 

English

LaBouff, Kathryn. Singing and Communicating in English:  A Singer's Guide to English Diction. 2008.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .L13 2008

Marshall, Madeleine Forell. The Singer's Manual of English Diction. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .M3 1975

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)

Uris, Dorothy. To Sing in English; a Guide to Improved Diction. 1971.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .U75

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990


French

Adams, David. A Handbook of Diction for Singers : Italian, German, French.  2d ed., 2008.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A23 2008

Adler, Kurt. Phonetics and Diction in Singing: Italian, French, Spanish, German. 1967.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A3

Arnold, William Harkness. French Diction for Singers and Speakers. 1979.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A87 1979

Coffin, Berton. Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias. 2nd ed. 1982.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .P5 1982

Cox, Richard Garner. The Singer's Manual of German and French Diction. 1970.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C69
THEOLOGY BOOKSTACKS MT883 .C69 1970

Donnan, Thomas M. French Lyric Diction. 1994.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .D66 1994

Grubb, Thomas. Singing in French : A Manual of French Diction and French Vocal Repertoire. 1979.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .G88

Hunter, David. Understanding French Verse : A Guide for Singers. 2005.
WOODRUFF STACKS PC2511 .H86 2005

May, William V., and Craig Tolan. Pronunciation Guide for Choral Literature: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish. 1988.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .M39 1988

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 783.043 S61765

Moriarty, John. Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German; the Sounds and 81 Exercises for Singing Them. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .M67

Odom, William. German for Singers : A Textbook of Diction and Phonetics. 1981.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .O35

Thurwanger, Camille. French Musical Diction : An Orthologic Method for Acquiring a Perfect Pronunciation in the Speaking and Especially in the Singing of the French Language, for the Special Use of English-Speaking People. 1910.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .T39

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990

Wierenga, L., and Judith Otto. French Diction for the Singer : A Phonetics Workbook. 1977.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .W48


German

Adams, David. A Handbook of Diction for Singers : Italian, German, French. 2d ed., 2008.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A23 2008

Adler, Kurt. Phonetics and Diction in Singing: Italian, French, Spanish, German. 1967.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A3

Coffin, Berton. Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias. 2nd ed. 1982.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .P5 1982

Cox, Richard Garner. The Singer's Manual of German and French Diction. 1970.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C69
THEOLOGY BOOKSTACKS MT883 .C69 1970

Magner, Candace A. Phonetic Readings of Schubert Lieder. 1994.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .M25 1994

May, William V., and Craig Tolan. Pronunciation Guide for Choral Literature: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish. 1988.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .M39 1988

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 783.043 S61765

Moriarty, John. Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German; the Sounds and 81 Exercises for Singing Them. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .M67

Odom, William. German for Singers : A Textbook of Diction and Phonetics. 1981.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .O35

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990


Greek

Zervanos, Lydia.  Singing in Greek:  A Guide to Greek Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire.  2015.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .Z47 2015


Italian

Adams, David. A Handbook of Diction for Singers : Italian, German, French. 2d ed., 2008.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A23 2008

Adler, Kurt. Phonetics and Diction in Singing: Italian, French, Spanish, German. 1967.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A3

Coffin, Berton. Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias. 2nd ed. 1982.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .P5 1982

Colorni, Evelina. Singers' Italian; a Manual of Diction and Phonetics. 1970.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C64

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 783.043 S61765

Moriarty, John. Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German; the Sounds and 81 Exercises for Singing Them. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .M67

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990


Latin

Copeman, Harold. Singing in Latin or Pronunciation Explor'd. Rev. ed. 1992.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C65 1992

Hines, Robert Stephan. Singer's Manual of Latin Diction and Phonetics. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .H55

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 783.043 S61765

Moriarty, John. Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German; the Sounds and 81 Exercises for Singing Them. 1975.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .M67

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990


Russian

Piatak, Jean, and Regina Avrashov. Russian Songs & Arias : Phonetic Readings, Word-by-Word Translations, and a Concise Guide to Russian Diction. 1991.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .P54 1991


Spanish

Adler, Kurt. Phonetics and Diction in Singing: Italian, French, Spanish, German. 1967.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .A3

Castel, Nico. A Singer's Manual of Spanish Lyric Diction. 1994.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .C27 1994

McGee, Timothy J., A. G. Rigg, and David N. Klausner. Singing Early Music : The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Music—Scholarship and Performance. 1996.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .S56 1996
MUSICMEDIA DESK MT883 .S56 1996 CD-SOUND (Request CD at service desk.)
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 783.043 S61765

Rees-Rohrbacher, Denise. "A Spanish Diction Manual for Singers." Thesis (D M ), Indiana University, 1985.
MUSICMEDIA MT883 .R43 1985

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers : A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish Pronunciation. 1990.
MUSICMEDIA MT872 .D43 1990

Acknowledgment:  this bibliography is derived from one compiled by Diane Steinhaus of the Music Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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