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Vocal Wisdom: Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti

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Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti, the great 19th-century teacher of bel canto singing.
Paperback, 146 pages
Published 1957 by Taplinger Publishing Company
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Britt
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this about once a year. I agree with Lamperti on many things, but not all - particularly the chiaroscuro. This technique applies much more to tenors than sopranos. A soprano who aims for chiaroscuro will have a short top, a short career, and will eventually ruin her mechanism, or at least, her voice will never be what it could be.
Timothy
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Though history tells us of Lamperti's prowess as a teacher, this book is of little use to anyone. Firstly, it is not written by Lamperti but is a collection of the notes of one of his students. Secondly, those notes are not pedagogical but are mostly vague (only occasionally specific) tidbits about singing that are not instructional. It is poorly organized--while individual sections contain titles that surely interested me, only the first sentense or two actually discussed that topic, and the ...more
Margaret Breidenbaugh
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Concise maxims for both the beginner and the advanced singer. This book is packed with great advice on body alignment, breathing, articulation, and more. I highly recommend that every vocalist obtain a copy!
Robyn
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must-have for all classical singers. I come back to the wisdom within these pages time and time again.
James
Apr 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Basically a book full of poorly translated Buddha-like quotes, written not by Lamperti, but a student of his who never became a great singer.
Jenny
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Interesting, but only for classical voice students/teachers.
Rodosinger
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok
B.b. Ace
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must have for all singers. This technique is practically dead in today's musical world.
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