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Vocal Performance Major Guide: Reference Sources

A guide for vocal performance majors at OCU


Below are several reference sources located in OCU's libraries.

***Some can be checked out, but must remain inside the library.

Libretti Transcriptions and Translations by Nico Castel

Castel, Nico. Complete Libretti Series. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, c1999

These are located on the reference shelves at the front of the music library; they are not available to check out.

These books contain: an opera libretto in its original language, an IPA transcription of the original text, and a word-for-word English translation (there's a picture of what the text in these books looks like below):

The music library has several volumes of Nico Castel's work: 

  • Complete Mozart Libretti (782.10268 M939L 1997)
  • Complete Verdi Libretti (782.10268 V484c )
  • Complete Puccini Libretti (782.10268 P977c)
  • Miscellaneous French Opera Libretti (782.10268 F887c 1999)
  • Libretti of Russian Operas (782.10268 L616b v.1)
  • Strauss Opera Libretti (782.10268 St912f 2002)
  • Miscellaneous German Opera Libretti (782.12 G317c 2005)
  • Handel Opera Libretti (782.10268 H236h )
  • Gluck and Monteverdi Opera Libretti (782.1 G52c 2008 )
  • Italian Bel Canto Opera Libretti (782.10268 It13c 2000 )
  • Italian Verismo Opera Libretti (782.10268 It13ca)
  • Wagner Opera Libretti 782.10268 W134th 2006 

Lieder Line by Line by Lois Phillips

Phillips, Lois. Lieder Line by Line. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Located on the reference shelves at the front of the music library; this item is not available to check out. 

Call no. 784.3 P544L2 1996 

This book contains the German text, English word-for-word and poetic translations for the most performed and studied pieces of German lieder. It covers songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Strauss. 

A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature by Carol Kimball

Kimball, Carol. Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature. Rev. ed. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006.

Located in the Music Education Resource Room; this book is available to check out.

Call no. MT120.K56 2005 

This reference book provides a survey of art song literature, including biographies of composers, their most prominent songs, and resources for further in depth study.

Guide to the Aria Repertoire by Mark Ross Clark

Clark, Mark Ross. Guide to the Aria Repertoire. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 2007.

Located on the reference shelves at the front of the music library. 

Call no. 016.7821 C547g 2007 

This book gives an index of the genres most popular audition arias by fach classification. 


Lieder Line by Line

Carol Kimball

Mark Clark

Diction Books

The Singer's Manual of English Diction

by Madeline Marshall 
Call Number: 784.93 M369s (3rd floor Dulaney-Browne)
ISBN: 9780028711003
Publication Date: 1953-07-01
Guides performers in singing clearly without the use of regional accents and incorrect pronunciations. Textbook for OCU's English diction class.

Singers' Italian

 by Evelina Colorni  
Call Number: 458.1 C719s (3rd floor Dulaney-Browne)
ISBN: 9780028706207
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
Textbook for OCU's class in Italian Lyric Diction.

A Singer's Manual of Spanish Lyric Diction

by Nico Castel 
Call Number: 783.043 C275s (Dulaney-Browne)
ISBN: 0962722693
Publication Date: 1994-07-01

Singing in Czech

 by Timothy Cheek; Charles Mackerras (Foreword by)  
Call Number: 783.043 C414s 2001
ISBN: 9780810840034
Publication Date: 2001-04-25

Scandinavian Song

by Anna Hersey  
Call Number: R 782.420948 H439s 2016 (Music Library)
ISBN: 9780810884533
Publication Date: 2016-08-11

Singing in Russian

 by Emily Olin  
Call Number: MT883 .O45 2012
ISBN: 9780810881167
Publication Date: 2012-10-04

Wait! There's more!

Not what you're looking for?

You can browse the shelves for reference books as well. At the main campus library, look through the call numbers 780-785 in the stacks on the third floor. In the music library, you can look through the reference shelves, or in the Music Education Resource Room (Call nos. MT820-823 have the most information on singing and vocal pedagogy)