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Singing in Brazilian Portuguese : A Guide to Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, Paperback / softback Book

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese : A Guide to Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire Paperback / softback

Part of the Guides to Lyric Diction series


Access audio files at: https://soundcloud.com/singing_in_brazilian_portuguese_recorded_examples_marcia_porterWhile popular forms of Brazilian music include bossa nova and samba, Brazil also has a rich classical music tradition dating back to the 1500s that exhibits a unique and diverse amalgamation of many styles and influences including African, Italian, French, and indigenous.

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese: A Guide to Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire makes Brazilian modinhas and cancoes accessible to singers through an overview of the history of the language and music, brief biographies of major composers, and a sampling of selected texts transliterated into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Part I introduces the alphabet and pronunciation of sounds through IPA and is enhanced by online audio recordings of native Brazilian classical singers.

Marcia D. Porter covers such topics as oral and nasal vowels, diagraphs, onset and final consonants, word stress, and syllabification.

It also includes an overview of the newly implemented Acordo Ortografico.

Part II provides IPA transliterations and both word-for-word and poetic translations of representative songs, including Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras, no. 5. The book also offers a brief overview of the history of Brazilian vocal music and biographical sketches of select major composers from various periods.

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese is the first resource of its kind geared toward singers, voice teachers, vocal coaches, collaborative pianists, and others who are interested in exploring, teaching, and performing this beautiful and exciting repertoire.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Theory of music & musicology
  • ISBN: 9780810889026

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