Gateway to French Diction

Gateway to French Diction
A Guide for Singers

Ed. John Glenn Paton Vocal Comb Bound Book & CD Item: 00-36535
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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. Agnès Terrier. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

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Diction, a Gateway to Artistic Singing; Acknowledgments
Phonetic Concepts
Diction Concepts
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
Final Consonant Letters
Plurals Ending in S
Syllable Stress
Connections Between Words
Capitalization in French Titles
Oral Vowels
Practicing French Vowels
Bright Vowels: /i e E a/
Dark Vowels: /u o O A/
Mixed Vowels: /y ø ? @/
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
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
Unwritten Elisions
Liaisons and Formality
Conditions of Liaison
The First Condition
The Second Condition
The Third Condition
Special Cases: Idiomatic Expressions
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," "Auprés de ma blonde," "Il est né, le divin enfant"
Summary of Final Consonants
Index to Definitions of Terms
Index to Spellings
Complete IPA Chart
Phonemes of French

Additional Information

Series: Gateway Series
Instrument: Voice
Format: Comb Bound Book & CD
Page Count: 128
Item Number: 00-36535
ISBN 10: 0-7390-7416-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-7390-7416-9
UPC: 038081403557

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