Practical Study - Voice

Course #: MU109A

1) Find Scores

Need ideas? Try a collection:

  • browse the shelves on the 4th floor:
    • M1619: songs with piano by more than one composer
    • M1620: songs with piano by a single composer
    • M1503: piano-vocal scores of operas
    • M1507-8: piano-vocal scores of opera excerpts

Need a specific language?

  • search the Primo Catalogue. Use the "Books" tag. Sample searches:
    • songs German "high voice"
    • songs English "low voice" 16th century
    • songs Italian operas "medium voice"
  • note: choose "Scores" under "Refine my results"

Need a specific composer?

  • search the Primo Catalogue. Use the "Books" tag. Sample searches:
    • Schubert songs
    • Hugo Wolf "high voice" piano
  • note: choose "Scores" under "Refine my results"

Need Canadian songs?

  • search the Primo Catalogue. Use the "Books" tag. Sample search:
    • songs "low voice" Canad* (retrieves items including either Canada or Canadian)
    • choose "Scores" under "Refine my results"
    • note: not all Canadian scores mention Canada in the record. For more ideas:
  • check the Canadian Music Centre
    • choose the "Sheet Music" tab
    • then choose "Voice and piano"
    • check Primo for local availability
    • note: includes many written since 1970
  • learn about Canadian songs:
    • Art Song (from the Canadian Encyclopedia)

Need recent songs?

  • search the Primo Catalogue. Use the "Books" tag.
    • try a search suggested above
    • under "Refine my results"
      • choose "Scores"
      • limit by publication date
    • note: this will include republished works by older composers

2) Find Recordings

Look for a recording to match a score, or browse for new songs. Samples searches:

  • search the Primo Catalogue for CDs, links to many online resources
    • try a search suggested above
    • under "Refine my results," choose "Audio Visual"
  • try an online streaming collection:
    • Naxos Music Library: strong in classical music
      • try advanced search: limit by genre = "vocal," year composed, duration, etc.
      • too many hits? add: instrument = "piano"
    • Music & Performing Arts: world music and popular music as well as classical
      • search by genre or try advanced search
    • Opera in Video: performances, interviews, documentaries
      • search by genre, ensemble, time period, language, etc.