Ming lined up another entertaining and informative evening for the BCCO community. After playing for us Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), he continued his emphasis on how our bodies produce sound. Last week, we focused on consonant formation and singing consonants. This week, he and our special guest, soprano Jennifer Paulino, focused on vowels. Julia led us in an excellent set of vocal exercises. Paul rounded off the evening with a performance of six of Béla Bartók’s 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, and a sing-a-long of a pandemic-appropriate rendition of Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek.
Resources from Ming and Jennifer
Links to online resources
Ming introduced us to Fritz Wunderlich, baritone known for his extraordinary diction, through a recording of the first piece in Schumann’s song-cycle, Dichterliebe: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai. The lyrics are a setting of a poem by Heinrich Heine:
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Knospen sprangen, da ist in meinem Herzen die Liebe aufgegangen. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, als alle Vögel sangen, da hab' ich ihr gestanden mein Sehnen und Verlangen. (Translation) In the wonderfully fair month of May, as all the flower-buds burst open, then in my heart love arose. In the wonderfully fair month of May, as all the birds were singing, then I confessed to her my longing and desire.
Jennifer provided a number of online resources related to vocal placement and the science behind singing and the voice:
- Ken Bozeman, on voice placement sensations. She recommends looking through the other resources on his website as well.
- Voice Science Works. Videos and other great resources on “everything your voice can do.”
- Pink Trombone. An interactive tool for visualizing and synthesizing what’s happening when you speak or sing.
- Embodied Singer. Videos and other resources for singers by Shauna Fallihee, who was a clinician at one of our all-day rehearsals in November 2015.