When Words Are Not Enough: Tracing the Development of Extended Vocal Techniques in Twentieth-Century America

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Melanie Austin Crump (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
David Holley

Abstract: Although multiple books and articles expound upon the musical culture and progress of American classical, popular and folk music in the United States, there are no publications that investigate the development of extended vocal techniques (EVTs) throughout twentieth-century American music. Scholarly interest in the contemporary music scene of the United States abounds, but few sources provide information on the exploitation of the human voice for its unique sonic capabilities. This document seeks to establish links and connections between musical trends, major artistic movements, and the global politics that shaped Western art music, with those composers utilizing EVTs in the United States, for the purpose of generating a clearer musicological picture of EVTs as a practice of twentieth-century vocal music. As demonstrated in the connecting of musicological dots found in primary and secondary historical documents, composer and performer studies, and musical scores, the study explores the history of extended vocal techniques and the culture in which they flourished.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2008
EVTs, Extended vocal techniques, Twentieth-century America
Singing--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
Vocal music--History and criticism.

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