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I’ve been reading this book in small bits to digest for 7 months. It’s an amazing book and I’m so glad I waited until now to read it, although it was recommended by my mentor Cornelius Reid and I bought it many years ago when Patelson’s music story in NYC was still open. And as such, I can’t recommend this book to beginning singers or even beginning voice teachers. The concepts will only be too cryptic. But there are so many things that Cornelius used to teach me and others (I listened in on man ...more
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.
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 re ...more