The accompanied vocalise and its application to selected baroque, classical, Romantic and twentieth century songs and arias.
AuthorDeJardin, Kathleen Rose.
Committee ChairRoe, Charles
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe accompanied vocalise has been a vehicle for voice training since the "golden age of 'bel canto' thinspace". These vocalises or exercises enable the student to concentrate on using pure tone and to develop various aspects of technical skill and musical style. The use of these accompanied vocalises can detect perceived problems or weaknesses before the students encounters them in songs and arias. The pedagogical and instructional value of the selected vocalises are examined for their possible efficacy in strengthening a student's perceived weakness. In order to determine the relevance of these accompanied vocalises, arias of five representative composers have been chosen. These songs and arias are examined to identify bel canto characteristics, some of which may be problematic for students. Passages reflecting these stylistic characteristics are paired with specific vocalises of similar musical construction. For each example, there are excerpts from three different vocalise composers. The examples contain only a few measures, but it is assumed that the repeated practice of the entire composition will further the acquisition of the desired vocal trait. The five bel canto characteristics examined in depth are: agility, long legato phrases, ornamentation, co-ordination of the registers, and strength and control of the tonal range. The vocalises utilized are limited by the availability of printed sources. A compilation of the instructional vocalises examined is provided in an addendum to the study.