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Bel Canto: Principles and Practices

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Paperback, 211 pages
Published June 28th 1972 by Joseph Patelson Music House, Limited (first published June 1972)
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Steve Wales
Nov 11, 2010 Steve Wales added it
Recommended to Steve by: Jeremy Harbottle

An interesting examination of bel canto singing, explaining how the principles used in teaching singing technique have changed from concentrating on vowel purity to perfect intonation, to modern attempts to 'place' sounds, etc., via misunderstandings of old techniques and terminology. Reid explains the two registers of the voice according to bel canto ('chest' voice and 'head' or falsetto) and the painstaking efforts students were expected to make to perfect each register and only then combine t

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Diane
Aug 07, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
I had just met and begun working with Cornelius Reid when I read this book. I'm very glad I was exposed to the work on my person before reading this book. The principles are sound, but in my opinion there is too much ranting against the voice establishment. I recommend it nonetheless. It is a good foundation and introduction to Bel Canto (or Functional Voice Training) as (re-)developed by the master.
Alison Stephenson
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Found this a very satisfying book - moving inextricably from the potential violence of the invasion through to the fragile relationships that began developing in that enclosed shared world, and then inevitably back to the violence... and it always seemed emotionally authentic. It was only the ending that to me seemed unlikely and unsatisfactory.
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