The Grove Book of Opera Singers

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					trols or financial limitations imposed       The book is intended as a companion to       Opera, but not currently active profes-
by major recording companies.                The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and        sionally to the degree necessary for
Although that is not new information,        the articles on the opera singers selected   inclusion in the additional 100 articles.
what is helpful is Gordon’s thorough         come largely from Grove Music Online         Names that come to mind include
explanation of the international, 24/7       (now Oxford Music Online) and by the         Delores Ziegler, Dominic Cossa,
reach of the Internet, the legal ramifi-     same authors. The Grove Dictionary of        Francois Loup and Denyce Graves.
cations of distributing music online,        Opera supplies extensive information         Perusal of the past rosters of major
and the numerous digital avenues the         about the singers who premiered various      opera houses in the world might pro-
independent musician can explore.            works and the Book of Opera Singers          vide enough names for a subsequent
Gordon explains the basics of webcast-       began with that list. Since fewer operas     book or an enlarged second edition.
ing, digital cable, satellite radio, blog-   have been written since 1900, thus           ––Reviewed by Martha Randall,
ging, podcasts, downloading,                 fewer premieres, she compiled a list of      University of Maryland
interactive streaming, personal web          prominent singers included in Grove
pages, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing,      Music Online, and with the help of
files on mobile phones, social network-      Richard Wigmore, chose 100 to feature
ing, ringtones, video games and virtual      in new articles, many written by                   Collaborative
reality sites.                                                    Wigmore.
   Unique to this book are                                           This book is the     Sonata for Flute and Piano, by
Gordon’s insightful interviews                                    first, to my knowl-     Frederic Glesser. Distributed by Theodore
with important musicians and                                      edge, to offer such a   Presser Company, 2008.
entrepreneurs. I found two                                        great number of         www.presser.com; published by Falls
particularly intriguing, one                                      short biographies of    House Press, www.fallshousepress.com;
with the president of CD                                          singers, largely        score: 26 pp., flute: 16 pp.; $33.95.
Baby, a company that handles                                      omitted in Baker’s         This is a three-movement sonata,
Internet sales of CDs pro-                                        Biographical            utilizing the standard fast-slow-fast
duced by independent musi-                                        Dictionary. The         structure. However, the first and third
cians, and another with a                                         articles are short      movements are “fast” only because of
musician who performs regu-                                       and factual, but not    the number of notes in a beat, rather
larly on a virtual reality site                                   dry, and include the    than a fast metronome marking.
with more than 1 million “res-                                    author’s assessment         The first movement makes extensive
idents.”                                     of the singers’ vocal and dramatic gifts.    use of quarter-tones and harmonics in
   I appreciate Gordon’s inclusion of        Some of the authors of the articles          the flute
				
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Description: The Grove Dictionary of Opera supplies extensive information about the singers who premiered various works and the Book of Opera Singers began with that list. Since fewer operas have been written since 1900, thus fewer premieres, she compiled a list of prominent singers included in Grove Music Online, and with the help of Richard Wigmore, chose 1 00 to feature in new articles, many written by Wigmore.
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