Singing in Mandarin

The first book of its kind to help bring Chinese vocal music to Western audiences and performers.

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Singing in Mandarin: A Guide to Chinese Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire is a comprehensive guide to unlocking Chinese contemporary vocal literature.

In part one, Chu and Petrus focus on diction and language, providing detailed descriptions and exercises for creating the sounds of the language, fusing together best practices from international music conservatories and those for Chinese language learning. Includes an outline of the historical context of Chinese vocal literature, chronicling the development of the language and its repertoire over the last one hundred years. Audio files narrated by native speakers demonstrating the sounds are also included.

Singing in Mandarin provides guidance for both novices and those with previous experience singing or speaking Mandarin and is the first book of its kind to help bring the fascinating and previously inaccessible treasure of Chinese vocal music to Western audiences.

You can find the associated audio files here.

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