Language of Folk 1: Elementary to IntermediateAlfred Music (other)
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The Language of Folk offers a wealth of folk repertoire from around the British Isles and further afield, carefully selected and arranged to develop the key skills and vocal styles integral to folk song. Produced in association with The Sage Gateshead and its nationally renowned folk music programme, these books provide a wealth of material both for established folk singers and those new to the world of folk.20 varied folk songs, progressing from beginner level to around grade 4Includes both unaccompanied songs and songs arranged with piano accompanimentInformative contextual notes and practice tips for every songChord names provided for all songs, offering performers the freedom to add their own accompanimentHelpful introduction to the folk song genre, including a beginner's guide to ornamentationCD with authentic performances of every song by young folk singers, along with backing tracks for the accompanied piecesComplete lyric sheets available as PDFs to print on the CDAll unaccompanied songs feature on the current Trinity singing syllabus (`Technical Work' section)
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd
Number of pages: 56
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 297 x 210 x 8 mm
It is good that the introduction and notes recognise some inherent difficulties in notating folk songs, unaccompanied singing, ornamentation, embellishment of the vocal line and the importance of speech rhythms and respect for dialect words in making credible performances. The book tweaks the terms most frequently used in classical music for ornaments, using `flick' for `mordent' and `roll' for `turn' for example and this is refreshing.
English Dance & Song Magazine, Autumn 2013
For those like me who come from a very `classical' background, these books are an excellent eye-opener in to the vibrant world of the folk-singer. .....thanks are due to Kathryn Davidson and the Sage for devising the learning programme that has given rise to such inspiring and enlightening books. In my opinion they should definitely be in the library of every singing teacher. And not just to provide new repertoire for the ABRSM folk-song requirements!
Singing Magazine (AOTOS), Spring 2013