Singing in Mandarin: A Guide to Chinese Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Guides to Lyric Diction) (Paperback)
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Access audio files at: https: //soundcloud.com/k-chu-j-petrus/sets/singing-in-mandarin-recorded The success of Chinese artists internationally across many art forms has focused the world's attention on the developing cultural phenomenon in China, an emerging stage for the vocal arts. As one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, Mandarin is poised to become the next addition to lyric languages. Singing in Mandarin: A Guide to Chinese Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire is a comprehensive guide to unlocking the mysteries of Chinese contemporary vocal literature. In part one, Chu and Petrus focus on diction and language, providing detailed descriptions and exercises for creating the sounds of the language. They take a uniquely systematic approach, fusing together best practices from international music conservatories for diction study, with those for Chinese language learning. Part two outlines the historical context of Chinese vocal literature, chronicling the development of the language and its repertoire over the last one hundred years. Audio files narrated by native speakers demonstrating the sounds are also included. Singing in Mandarin provides guidance for both novices and those with previous experience singing or speaking Mandarin and is the first book of its kind to help bring the fascinating and previously inaccessible treasure of Chinese vocal music to Western audiences.
About the Author
Katherine Chu has worked as a performer, coach, assistant conductor, educator, and music administrator at the world's top opera houses and institutions. She is on the collaborative piano faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School. Juliet Petrus is the leading Western interpreter of Chinese contemporary vocal music. She has had multi-city solo tours across China and soloist appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Center, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Symphony, and on national Chinese television.