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By Robert Gartside
From the author of INTERPRETING THE SONGS OF MAURICE RAVEL, we are now delighted to present the Fauré volume, written in the same format as the highly acclaimed Ravel edition. Containing IPA spelling, word-for-word English translations, and commentary on all 102 of Fauré’s songs, this book is destined to become the best singular source as an aid for singers’ study and preparation of this master composer’s songs.
Already, voice teachers are recommending this book to their students and, in several cases, are ordering multiple copies just to be certain the books are available to their students immediately.
.As with the Ravel edition, critics are glowing in their praise:
"...this is a most accessible and refreshingly ‘unstuffy’ study, full of practical common sense, perception and invaluable advice to singers."
Robert Orledge, author of Gabriel Fauré
"...Deservedly popular among student singers as well as professional artists, the songs of Gabriel Fauré find their way into many— if not most— generic recital programs. A number of studies have focused on that composer’s life and song style, but this is the first work devoted to both phonetic transcriptions and word-for-word translations of all of Fauré’s songs. As such it is a significant addition to a still somewhat impoverished literature... Both transcriptions and translations are carefully done and are of the highest caliber. Each selection is followed by the date of composition, identification of the poet, and a short essay on the genesis of the song and performance hints. These essays, enriched by the author’s personal recollections, many resulting from his study with Pierre Bernac, and by frequent quotations from Fauré’s letters, are treasures of information.... Robert Gartside brings a great deal of experience and expertise to this authoritative study. Unique in scope and content, it can be most enthusiastically recommended. As with other Leyerle publications, the volume is expertly bound, attractively packaged, and reasonably priced. Certainly every voice teacher and student of the French art song will want to own this valued work."
Richard Dale Sjoerdsma,
Journal of Singing, May/June 1997
297 Pages Smyth-Sewn Paper