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Composing for Voice

Exploring Voice, Language and Music, 2nd Edition

By Paul Barker, Maria Huesca


300 pages | 93 B/W Illus.

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Composing for Voice: Exploring Voice, Language and Music, Second Edition, elucidates how language and music function together from the perspectives of composers, singers and actors, providing an understanding of the complex functions of the voice pedagogically, musicologically and dramatically. Composing for Voice examines the voice across a wide range of musical genres (including pop, jazz, folk, classical, opera and the musical) and explores the fusion of language and music that is unique to song. This second edition is enlarged to attract a wider readership amongst all music and theatre professionals and educators, whilst also engaging an international audience with the introduction of new co-author Maria Huesca.

New to the second edition:

  • A review of the history of singing
  • An overview of the development of melisma
  • A chapter to help performers understand each other, as singers and actors often receive disparate educations
  • Case studies and qualitative research around song, lyric and meaning
  • A discussion of the synthetic voice
  • An introduction to the concept of embodied composition
  • Interviews with composers and singers
  • Summaries of various vocal styles
  • A website with links to performances discussed, as well as related workshops:

Composing for Voice: Exploring Voice, Language and Music, Second Edition,articulates possibilities for the practical exploration of language, music and voice by composers, singers and actors.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Words

Chapter 2. Composers and Singers

Chapter 3. The Nature of the Singing Voice: A Composer's Perspective

Chapter 4. Voice/Music/Text I

Chapter 5. Voice/Music/Text II

Chapter 6. The Singer and Actorand Beyond

Chapter 7. Vocal Examples

Chapter 8. Singers on Composers

Chapter 9. Conclusions and a Way Forward

Chapter 10. Educational Activities

About the Authors

Paul Alan Barker is Professor of Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Maria Huesca is Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

About the Series

Routledge Voice Studies

The Routledge Voice Studies series offers a platform for rigorous discussion of voice across disciplines, practices and areas of interest. This series aims to facilitate the dissemination and cross-fertilisation of voice-related research to effectively generate new knowledge and fresh critical insights on voice, vocality, and voicing.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Composition
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Voice