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Review

Reviewed Work(s): THE ART OF ACCOMPANYING AND COACHING, (Reprint of 1965,


University of Minn. Press Edition) by Kurt Adler
Review by: CHARLES G. BOODY
Source: The Choral Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, Theme: THE ARTIST ON THE MOVE; THE
ARTIST AS MOVER (SEPTEMBER 1972), p. 6
Published by: American Choral Directors Association
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reviewed in this Journal in 1969. In the
INAUDIBLE . . .
remaining chapters, Adler ranges far and
wide across the matters of performance
ritory for us and for you, who play, practice, style in opera and song, pro
sing, or conduct. gram building, and other matters with
CHARLES G. BOODY which the professional coach or accom
FOOTNOTES Music Department panist must be familiar.
Austin College
This is not a book for those who are
1. "GEOD - by Lukas Foss (for orches only interested in accompanying a singer.
tra and voices) Vox-Candide records. Sherman, Texas 75090
Rather it is for those who want to be
Carl Fischer Publisher (in preparation) prepared to accompany well and also to
2. Carl Fischer Publisher, Vox Records
help the performer realize a thoroughly
3. Carl Fischer Publisher, Polyodor THE ART OF ACCOMPANYING AND prepared and stylistically accurate per
Records COACHING, by Kurt Adler, Da Capo formance. Such an aim requires study
Press, 227 West 17th St., New York, of a wide variety of musical matters
10011. (Reprint of 1965, University of and Adler attempts to introduce all of
Minn. Press Edition) Hardbound $15.00 them to his reader.
Steven Ortlip and his Chattanooga Kurt Adler, for many years associated His choice of sources for information
Boys Choir were in residence at Hough with the Metropolitan Opera Company, is is excellent, and though most of the
ton N. Y. College for the first Arts among those most qualified to write information is not footnoted, the body
this type of book. First published in of the text makes most sources clear
Exploration in July where the 36 boys1965 by the University of Minnesota Press for the reader who wished to investigate
presented two concerts for the seminar.
and now republished by Da Capo re further. Many primary sources are used
prints, his book has become a classic and Adler clearly transmits their infor
of its kind. mation. If there is an occasional ten
LYON & HEALY ANNOUNCES AN OPEN The book includes chapters discussing dancy for the writing style to become
the historical background of accompany pontifical, it can be forgiven as part
ING for a qualified person to manage,
promote and develop the choral music sales ing and coaching, the mechanics of of Adler's enthusiastic attempts to make
musical instruments (including the voice), clear his own opinions.
of this 107 year old music stores firm in
Chicago. Broad experience as a choral phonetics and diction in singing Italian, This is not a good source book for
director, plus proven ability to work well French, Spanish, and German, the ele specific information about detailed mat
with choral directors, other music educators, ments of musical style, the art of program ters (except for the sections on phonetics
and the general public required. Well building, and the art of accompanying and diction). It is perhaps used in con
developed public relations awareness and and coaching. An extensive bibliography nection with other more specialized stud
abilities important. Sales and administrative and a useful index complete the book. ies. However, it contains a wealth of
experience helpful. Degree in music desir The chapters from this book devoted useful historical and stylistic information
to phonetics and diction in singing in for all who work with choruses and
able. Salary open. Send complete resume
to Personnel Director, Lyon-Healy, 243 S. various languages have been reprinted in soloists. Da Capo's price seems somewhat
Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60604. a separate paperback edition by the high, but their fine workmanship makes
University of Minnesota Press, and were the book a good buy. t*«

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