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Gateway to French Melodies -- Diction Book

A Guide for Singers

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A Guide for Singers. Edited by John Glenn Paton. Choral Resources; Masterworks; Method/Instruction; Vocal Collection; Vocal Resources. Gateway Series. Masterwork. Book and CD. 128 pages. Alfred Music #00-36535. Published by Alfred Music (AP.36535).

Item Number: AP.36535

ISBN 9780739074169. French.

As part of a series of coordinated diction manuals and anthologies, Gateway to French Diction helps students to move beyond diction to clear understanding and authentic style. Thomas Hampson says the series, not only achieves an excellent study of the tools for proper translation and diction, it goes much deeper and more importantly to the teaching of musical and poetic expression from the inner side of the language. Every French example word or phrase is translated into English, and is also spoken perfectly on the included CD by Paris Opera Comique Diction coach and native French speaker, Dr. Agnes Terrier. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

  • Special Cases: Words with R 
  • Other Special Cases 
  • Vowels That Change in Liaison 
  • Breath and Liaisons 
  • Some Controversial Liaisons 
  • Chapter 10: Singing French Verse 
  • French Songs: "Alouette," "French Church Bells," "Aupres de ma blonde," "Il est ne, le divin enfant" 
  • Numbers 
  • Summary of Final Consonants 
  • Bibliography 
  • Index to Definitions of Terms 
  • Index to Spellings 
  • Complete IPA Chart 
  • Phonemes of French 
  • Diction, a Gateway to Artistic Singing; Acknowledgments 
  • Phonetic Concepts 
  • Diction Concepts 
  • Phonetics 
  • Orthography 
  • Vowels 
  • Diphthongs 
  • Semivowels 
  • Consonants 
  • Syllables 
  • The French Language 
  • The Roots of Modern French 
  • The Unity of the French Language 
  • Characteristic Patterns and Sounds in French 
  • The Neutral Sound 
  • Comparing French to Other Languages 
  • A Standard for Classical French 
  • R in Sung French 
  • Mute E's in Sung French 
  • The Alphabet 
  • Diacritics 
  • Syllabication 
  • Final Consonant Letters 
  • Plurals Ending in S 
  • Homonyms 
  • Syllable Stress 
  • Connections Between Words 
  • Nasality 
  • Capitalization in French Titles 
  • Oral Vowels 
  • Practicing French Vowels 
  • Bright Vowels: /i e E a/ 
  • Dark Vowels: /u o O A/ 
  • Mixed Vowels: /y ¯ ? @/ 
  • Silent E 
  • Vowel Harmonization 
  • Nasal Vowels 
  • Nasal Vowels in IPA 
  • Spellings That Show Nasalization 
  • Practicing Nasal Vowels 
  • Nasal Vowels: /~A ~E ~O ?~ / 
  • Exceptions to Nasalization 
  • Semivowel: /j/ 
  • Distinguishing /i/ from /j/ 
  • Semivowel: /w/ 
  • Distinguishing /u/ from /w/ 
  • Semivowel: /?/ 
  • Distinguishing /y/ from /?/ 
  • A Semivowel at the End of a Word 
  • A Review of French Vowels and Semivowels 
  • French Consonant Phonemes 
  • Silent Consonant Letters 
  • Soft and Hard Pronunciations 
  • Dentalization 
  • Lack of Aspiration 
  • Geminated Consonants 
  • Consonant Clusters 
  • Nasal Consonants: /m n ?/ 
  • The Lateral Consonant /l/ 
  • The Trill Consonant /r Q/ 
  • Stop Consonants /p b t d k g/ 
  • Fricative Consonants /f v s z S Z/ 
  • How Words Link 
  • Vowel-to-Consonant Links 
  • Consonant-to-Consonant Links 
  • Vowel-to-Vowel Links 
  • Consonant-to-Vowel Links, Semivowel-to-Vowel Links 
  • Contractions 
  • Unwritten Elisions 
  • Liaisons 
  • Liaisons and Formality 
  • Conditions of Liaison 
  • The First Condition 
  • The Second Condition 
  • The Third Condition 
  • Special Cases: Idiomatic Expressions 

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