A performer's guide to baroque vocal ornamentation as applied to selected works of George Frideric Handel

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Karen Anne Greunke Brittain (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Nancy Walker

Abstract: This document is intended as a practical resource for singers seeking stylistically appropriate information concerning ornamentation in George Frideric Handel's (1685- 1759) solo vocal works. Principles of Italian Baroque vocal ornamentation and Handel's own vocal ornamental style are presented in narrative form and are illustrated through the author's own ornamentation of selected Handel arias. A performer's guide of this type is needed for singers because the few modem editions of Handel works available with suggestions for ornamentation provide very little discourse on style and performance practice. The general texts which cover the subject of Baroque performance practice can be intimidating in length and detail for the singer interested in those aspects of ornamentation which relate directly to the solo vocal art, and even more specifically to Handel. While all musicians should have a broad general knowledge of Baroque performance practice, there is a particular need for a more concise instructional manual for the purpose of informing the modem singer about ornamentation in the vocal works of Handel.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Handel, George Frideric, $d 1685-1759. $t Vocal music
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