Soprano Needed to Record Two Italian Romantic Songs for Soprano and Piano
The set is titled Due canzoni italiane (Two Italian Songs), and it consists of Nonna Luna (Grandmother Moon) and Spine d'amor (Thorns of Love).
These traditional-style songs are very melodic and relatively simple, but are written to give the singer an opportunity to show her skills in both interpretation and vocal techniques. This is why they are highly suitable for, in addition to concert performances and other obvious purposes, teaching. If you are an active soprano or are teaching sopranos, these are for you.
You must be a classically trained soprano. You don't need to be a professional, having been studying bel canto singing is enough.
You of course must possess knowledge of Italian language pronunciation. In practise this means that you must have been singing some Italian-language repertoire with carefully checked pronunciation.
Getting started with the songs:
Sheet music PDFs and two instrumental audio files are available for you (and your pianist) for you to practise the songs. The audio files are (1) instrumental voice part with piano and (2) piano only. Once you show your initial interest, you will be provided with the URL links to the sheet music and audio files.
1) You go to an affordable commercial studio and record the pieces with a pianist of your choice [even better if with video which can later be posted online]. Reasonable studio expenses will be covered.
2) You use the backing audio files explained above and simply record on them in a home studio. Only a computer, microphone and a digital audio workstation like Cakewalk Sonar and Reaper, and skills to use them, are needed. You then send the project files to the composer either as fully finished, or raw for the composer to do the final mixing and mastering. The latter is preferred. Recording in a home studio may be less artistic, interesting and "living" than doing it "live" with a pianist in a "real" studio, but still is good enough when well done.
3) If you happen to reside in the UK – which is not necessary – and can go to Esher, Surrey, where the composer lives, you can do the recording with him at his place.
What you benefit:
The compositions will be dedicated to you. The text printed on the cover and first pages will be for example "Dedicata [dedicate] a soprano [your first name] [your last name]". Musicians singing and playing these songs later will always see your name. Good for you.
The compositions will be officially published with ISMN numbers and such. Copies will be delivered to the National Library of Finland (est. 1640), to biggest university libraries in Finland. NLOF and those uni libs will then store these music products for centuries to come. Think: People will be able to enjoy your singing, say, in the year 2377 – or 2516.
The final recordings (with your name, of course) will be uploaded to selected music sites like YouTube and SoundCloud, and will be written about and promoted on social media.
A modest fee may be paid to you, if the recording costs are either not too high (a commercial studio) or none (perhaps your own or your friend's home studio, or the composer's place in Esher, UK). For the whole project, a limited amount of money is reserved.
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Soprano to record two Italian Romantic songs
Females, aged 22 and over from any country
- Vocal ability: Classically trained
- Located in London, UK
- Joined February, 2018