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Diction (Third Edition)

By John Moriarty

Composed by John Moriarty. This edition: third edition. Vocal Resource. Book. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.650).

Item Number: EC.650

ISBN 600313406508.

Text book for singers A comprehensive singers' guide to the pronunciation of Italian, French, Ecclesiastical Latin and German, in an approach developed for diction classes at the New England Conservatory of Music. A thorough and scholarly treatment in a practical, easily used format.

Pronunciation guides are provided for Italian, French and German languages through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, along with 81 exercises for singing them.

New to this edition are 36 audio tracks provided by the author containing all of the exercises. These audio tracks may be downloaded free from here. All are 128kbps mp3 files.



Track 1: The vowel sounds used in Italian, French and German, (page 4)

Track 2: Tongue vowels, Exercises 1-3, page 7

Track 3: Lip vowels, Exercises 4-8, pages 9 & 11

Track 4: Mixed vowels, Exercises 9-10, page 15

Track 5: Neutral vowels, Exercise 12, page 17

Track 6: Multilingual vowel comparisons: Exercises 13-15, pages 19-23

Track 7: Lip vowels: Exercises 24-30, pages 27-33

Track 8: Mixed vowels: Exercises 34-44, pages 35-43

Track 9: Nasal vowels: Exercises 45-53a, pages 45-49

Track 10: Diphthongs: Exercises 54-59, pages 53-55

Track 11: Glides, Exercises 60-65, pages 57-59

Track 12: Plosive consonants: Exercises 66-72, pages 63-65

Track 13: Fricative consonants: Exercises 73-77, pages 67-71

Track 14: Lateral and affricate consonants: Exercises 78 & 81, pages 73 & 75

Track 15: The vowel sounds of Italian, page 86

Track 16: Examples as listed on page 87

Track 17: Examples as listed on page 88

Track 18: Unstressed E and O, Examples on page 89

Track 19: Italian consonants; double consonants, page 108

Track 20: Hard C and G, Soft C and G, pages 109 & 110

Track 21: The vowel sounds of French, page 144

Track 22: The two AH vowels: pages 146-147

Track 23: [i] and [u], page 148

Track 24: A list of words using the schwa page 149

Track 25: Examples of open [?], page 151

Track 26: Examples of closed [e], page 153

Track 27: Examples of closed and open o, page 155

Track 28: Examples, page 157

Track 29 Examples, page 158

Track 30: The nasal vowels, pages 60-61

Track 31: The vowel sounds of German, page 201

Track 32: Closed vowels, page 202

Track 33: Open vowels, pages 202-203

Track 34: Neutral vowels, page 208

Track 35: Double consonants, page 211

Track 36: Hard and soft CH, page 214

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  • 2012-09-18 00:00:00.0 DIction by John Moriarty

    The absolute best out there - clear, organized in a wonderful cross language style,but still useful if teaching only one language at a time without the other preparation. Up-to-date with best practices of those vowels which have undergone change.Love the layout - visually reinforces the realationship between rules...

    and topics, and space for notes. Great price for a fabulous book - and if you go to the Schirmer website, there's a free audio of the vowels by the author. I've used this book to teach diction at the college level and coach both beginning and advanced singers. Great tool to learn the current correct pronunciation, and get the "mouth feel" of the language so everything starts off right - no time spent fixing it later!

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