The Wordsmith's Guide to English Song: Poetry, Music & Imagination Volume II: The Songs of Ivor Gurney

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The result of years of study, teaching and performance, and informed throughout by the author's love of poetry, Nicola Harrison invites the reader to think more expansively about the way they approach and sing English Song. Her work is unique, refreshing, and is certain to change the way singers perform and experience these classic songs. She examines the poetry and lyrics of their songs, taking into account the context in which the words were written - the symbolism, mythologies, religion, philosophy, and the many other influences on the writer - digging deep into the text with fascinating results. Her exploration of English Song is entertaining, witty and illuminating, exploring the magical relationship of words and music, and the way each separate art is painted by the other. 'In nearly all art songs the composer sets an already existing poem, rather than adding words to an existing tune. That is, the poem is his starting point and therefore should also be the starting point for the singer.... I have spent the last fifty years trying to persuade singers to start by learning the words rather than the music, and this fascinating book will be invaluable in helping them understand the full meaning of the poems and their dynamic relationship with the music.' From the Foreword by Michael Pilkington

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Nicola Harrison has a unique portfolio of skills, all brought to bear in this book. As a school-leaver she won a scholarship to train with the mezzo-soprano Pamela Bowden and went on to be taught by the late Pamela Cook MBE (RNCM) and, in Spain, by legendary mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Following graduation in English at the University of Oxford, she went on to train in nursing at the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital, London, during which time she was awarded the prestigious Wolfson Prize. After qualifying, she specialized in Ear, Nose and Throat and Voice Clinic. Nicola has also worked as a journalist and writer, contributing to national newspapers and singing-related media.Currently, she is Lecturer in Singing and Song Interpretation at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Lecturer in Teacher's Voice at Westminster College of Education, London, and is a visiting lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She has also been the voice and singing coach to the choral scholars of Brasenose College, University of Oxford and, in the past, to the young stars of Billy Elliot the Musical. Many of her students have gone on to become highly successful professionals. In addition, she continues to perform the Spanish repertoire with the critically-acclaimed touring company, Casa Margarita.In her teaching and research she has focused on clarifying the language used to teach singing, resulting in a highly effective anatomy-based vocabulary for conveying a solid and liberated vocal technique

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