PY530 477 - German Diction

A thorough examination of the phonemic/phonetic system of German pronunciation and its application to singing in that language. The course is designed to give students not only the professional tools to analyze the phonetic problems in German texts (and to transcribe those solutions with the aid of IPA), but also the ability to hear for themselves how those solutions can be applied. Special emphasis is placed on Bühnenaussprach/Hochlautung, noting the differences between speaking and singing in that language, and the resulting choices that the student will need to make in achieving a good and flexible singing pronunciation. The course emphasizes speaking and then singing excerpts from the German vocal repertoire from opera, oratorio, and lieder.
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Fall 2019, Fall 2018
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