Richard Genée’s “Der Seekadett”: New Edition By Dario Salvi

New operas are hard to come by these days—at least that is what I have always been told. Finding an opera house or an opera company willing to take a chance in producing a new title or reviving an old work is said to be almost impossible. Everywhere you go the operas belonging to the standard canon are performed. You could travel the world for a year and see a different production of one of these standard operas every day. But how many operettas could you find and where? Continue reading

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Book Review: A Trip to Africa: A Comic Opera by Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé after Johann Strauss II, the most famous exponent of the Golden Age of Operetta in Vienna, is remembered today principally for his famous evergreen overtures, full of melody and orchestral panache, esp. Poet and Peasant, Light Cavalry, Pique Dame and Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna. His actual operettas have survived only in two famous instances: Die schöne Galathea and Boccaccio. Yet it was he who, following on the example of Jacques Offenbach, created the Viennese operetta with his early work Das Pentionat.

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Giacomo Meyerbeer – 5/9/1791 – 2/5/1864

Today, 5th September, marks Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 226th birthday. Born Jacob Leibmann Beer, Meyerbeer had an immensely successful musical career, becoming the most frequently performed composer at the leading opera houses of the nineteenth century. Meyerbeer was born into a wealthy Jewish family, just outside of Berlin. His parents had close ties with the Prussian court, and the family were constantly surrounded by the Prussian intelligentsia.

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Book Announcement: Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice

Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891363
Hardback, pp245, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice, edited by Theo Stickley and Stephen Clift.

This book brings together leading UK researchers in the field of arts and health, including creative arts therapies. The chapters are based on presentations originally given at a UK seminar series on scholarship and research on connections between the creative arts, health and wellbeing, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics

Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895668
Hardback, pp270, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics, edited by Victor Kennedy and Michelle Gadpaille.

Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics looks at a variety of popular and folk music from around the world, with examples of British, Slovene, Chinese and American songs, poems and musicals. Charles Taylor says that “it is through story that we find or devise ways of living bearably in time”; one can make the same claim for music. Inexorably tied to time, to the measure of the beat, but freed from time by the polysemous potential of the words, song rapidly becomes “our” song, helping to cement memory and community, to make the past comprehensible and the present bearable. The authors of the fifteen chapters in this volume demonstrate how lyrics set to music can reflect, express and construct collective identities, both traditional and contemporary. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing

A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443889230
Hardback, pp160, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing, by Ion Piso.

This book presents a detailed investigation of the singing technique that is generally known as the “inhaling the voice” technique. In addition, it explores the usage of vowels in spoken and sung variants, offering advice to singers regarding how they can improve their pronunciation of vowels and consonants, so as to enhance their professional performance. Continue reading