Hidden in Plain Sight: The Herman Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Herman Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García

by Daniel James Shigo


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An Englishman and Londoner, Hermann Klein (1856-1934) was a prolific writer, voice teacher, and student of the legendary voice teacher Manuel García (1805-1906). After arriving in New York City in 1901 to teach García's method, Klein became the Chairman of the newly-formed National Association of Teachers of Singing. To further the organization's goal of bringing standards and certification to the singing teacher profession, Klein wrote an 84-page singing manual utilizing the new technology of the gramophone. In doing so, Klein documented the studio teaching of the father of voice science, revealing details of García's method for the first time. However, Klein's manual was subsequently lost for more than a century after the quest for certification failed, Klein returned to England, and the recordings perished in a fire—twice.

In a well-documented introduction, the author recounts how he discovered Klein's manual hidden in plain sight, discusses its history and significance for modern students and teachers of singing, and addresses García's controversial teaching of voice placement.

While this historic manual was originally published for four voice types, this publication is a facsimile of the tenor voice edition. Please note that it does not contain the tenor recordings, which, despite a decade of searching, have not been found. However, in a curious twist of fate, the contralto recordings were discovered during the book's publication and can be heard at YouTube and Soundcloud. We owe their existence to the foresight and generosity of John Wolfson, a record collector and patron of the arts in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615893785
Publisher: Daniel James Shigo
Publication date: 10/07/2015
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Daniel James Shigo, Preface by Hermann Klein: Part 1; Preliminary Instructions; Breathing: 1 Systematic Breathing, 2-How to Fill the Lungs, 4-Influence of the Diaphragm, 5-Completion of the Exercise, 6-The Physical Attitude, 7-How to Expel the Breath, 9-Constant Control of Respiration; Adjustment and Attack: 11-How to Prepare to Sing, 12-Action of the Jaw, 13-Action of the Mouth, 14-Action of the Tongue, 15-Action of the Hard and Soft Palates, 16-The Singing Position, 18-Starting the Tone, 20-The Attack, 21-A Clean, Definite Beginning, 24-Listening for the True Pitch, 25-Regulating Strength or Volume; Vowel Formation: 26-Value of a Quick Ear, 27-The True Italian Vowels, 28-The Art of Listening Accurately, 29-Adhere to the True Voice, 31-The Formation of "Ah", 34-The Formation of "Eh", 35-The Formation of "Ee", 26-The Formation of "Oh" and "Oo", 37-Coloring Vowel Tone; Resonance: 38-Where the Voice Reverberates, 39-Reinforcing the Sound-Waves, 40-The Resonating Cavities, 41-Color and Sonority, 42-Clearing the Path for the Tone, 43-Placing Tone in the "Masque", 44-Spreading the Ringing Tone, 47-Avoid Nasal Tone; Management of Registers: 48-The Union of the Registers, 51-The Female Registers, 53-Blending with "Mixed Tone", 54-Influence of Breathing and Resonance, 55-Forcing, 56-Universal Area of Resonance; Enunciation: 58-Coupling Words with Sounds, 59-Ease and Unity of Utterance, 60-Consonants, 61-Mastering Their Mechanism, 62-Intoning Monosyllables, 63-Clear Enunciation with Forward Tone, 64-Purity of Enunciation, 65-Refined Accent; Phrasing: 66-What Phrasing Really Is, 67-Taking Breath, 68-Time for Breathing, 69-Half-Breaths, 70-Breathing-Places; Tone-Color and Expression: 72-Interpretation, 73-Value of Tone-Color, 74-Mixing the Shades, 75-The Mezza-Voce, 76-How to Express, 77-The Triumph of True Expression; Concluding Advice; Part II The Exercise Records; Directions for their Use and Study; 1-Sustained Tones, 2-Blending of the Registers, 3-The Slow Scale, 4-Changes of Vowel Tone, 5-The Portamento, 6-The Pure Legato, 7-Preparation for the Quick Scale, 8-The Quick Scale, 9-Runs and "Divisions", 10-Triplets and Slurred Notes, 11-Arpeggios, 12-Ornamentation, 13-The Singing of Solfeggi, 14 and 15-Consonants and Vowels (Italian), 16-Consonants and Vowels (English), 17-Recitative, 18-Declamation, 19-Style (Oratorio), 20-Style (Opera); Appendix.

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