Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-3020-0 • Paperback • May 2015 • $76.00 • (£58.00)
978-1-4422-3021-7 • eBook • May 2015 • $68.00 • (£52.00)
Margaret Olson has held teaching positions on the faculties of Morgan State University, the University of Tennessee, Georgetown University, and the Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory, among others. She is the author of The Solo Singer in the Choral Setting: A Handbook for Achieving Vocal Health (Scarecrow Press, 2010) and Bon Jovi: America’s Ultimate Band (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Song
Chapter 2: The Development of Art Song
Chapter 3: The Elements of Song
Chapter 4: How to Listen to Song
Chapter 5: Italian Song
Chapter 6: German Lieder
Chapter 7: French Mélodies
Chapter 8: Songs of the British Isles
Chapter 9: American Songs: Part One
Chapter 10: American Songs: Part Two
Appendix A: Recommended Song Recordings
Appendix B: List of Composers by Country of Birth
About the Author
For me, nothing is as important as a song—a crystallized moment of history, a window into the human heart. For a beginner who wants an overview of songs written for the concert stage, Margaret Olson has compiled it all into one compact guide. This elegantly written book directs the ear and the mind of the reader straight to the beauties of this art form.
— Steven Blier, artistic director and cofounder, New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and faculty member, Juilliard School
The art song recital made easy to understand and down to earth. This book is a helpful way to experience the aspects of an intimate live performance through the pairing of voice and piano. The recordings, song choices, and singers will stretch your imagination and inspire you to be a creative performer, programmer, and listener.
— Julie Simson, professor of voice, Rice University
Margaret Olson’s Listening to Art Song is an indispensable volume for all who seek a more personal connection with this most universal of musical expressions. . . . A must-have, go-to resource!
— Dr. Arlene Shrut, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and founder and artistic director, Complete Classical Performer