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Revised and extended because it first seemed in 1991, the consultant good points new chapters on ornamentation and practice session suggestions, in addition to up to date reference fabrics, net assets, and different new fabric made on hand simply within the final decade. The advisor is constituted of targeted chapters on functionality perform matters reminiscent of vocal and choral song; quite a few kinds of ensembles; profiles of particular tools; instrumentation; functionality perform matters; conception; dance; neighborhood profiles of Renaissance track; and directions for administrators. The layout addresses the widest attainable viewers for early tune, together with beginner performers, musicologists, theorists, and educators.

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Make sure that the whole of the text is present in the line to be sung. Often, grammatical phrases are split between voices, and one line completes the sentence begun (but not finished) in another. Even if the text is intact, a piece with a lot of “question and answer” phrasing can sound odd and incomplete. Next, check to see whether the musical phrases match the poetic caesurae of the text in the part to be sung, so that there is a sense of syntactic completeness in the musical pacing. Make sure that the line you have chosen really sounds like a “tune” when sung alone, that it does not cadence to the fifth too often, and that it has sufficient melodic contour (in the context of the piece) to stand by itself.

Singers should always look at the text of a piece as written down separately from the music. First, if the piece is not in the singer’s native language, a translation must be obtained. It is best to ask first for a strictly literal translation, and perhaps make it more poetic for the program. Translators can be found through most college and university modern language departments, or at language schools. Most Renaissance languages are not difficult for a modern linguist to translate, although some dialects may require a specialist.

The practice of placing bar lines between the staves but not through them also strikes me as a bad compromise. Such bar lines, which the Germans call Mensurstriche, are intended to indicate the proper alignment of voices without requiring longer notes to be broken into constituent parts as On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble I 21 they cross from one measure to the next. Quite aside from the difficulties posed for the performer when a “measure” begins with a blank space representative of that portion of a long note from the previous measure which crosses the Mensurstrich, and then ends with a note that is “too long” (because it crosses the next Mensurstrich), such editions must be difficult to proofread, to judge from their many typos.

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