Synopses & Reviews
Agricola published Introduction to the Art of Singing in Germany in 1757, consisting of the 1723 treatise of the Italian singing teacher and castrato, Tosi, to which Agricola added his own running commentary. The Introduction was recognized as invaluable not only for teachers and their pupils but also for advanced singers and professionals. This present edition, translated with introduction and annotations by the celebrated singer Julianne Baird, makes Agricola's work available for the first time in English. Tosi's work was the first basic treatise on singing; Agricola, a pupil of J.S. Bach at the court of Frederick the Great, brought Tosi's work "up-to-date." His commentaries are so extensive that the Introduction stands on its own as an important document in the history of performance practice.
'Julianne C. Baird has performed an important service in making available an edited translation of his principal publication.' Times Literary Supplement
An English translation with commentary of an important first treatise on singing by Agricola.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction: Agricola's treatise; Introduction to the art of singing; Translator's preface; Foreword of the author; Introduction of the author; 1. Observations for the use of the singing teacher; 2. Concerning appoggiaturas; 3. Concerning trills; 4. Concerning divisions; 5. Concerning recitative; 6. Remarks intended especially for the music student; 7. Concerning arias; 8. Concerning cadenzas; 9. Remarks for the use of the professional singer; 10. Concerning improvised variations of melodies; Notes; Bibliography; Index.