Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality

Karantonis, P, Placanica, F, Sivuoja-Kauppala, A and Verstraete, P, eds. (2014) Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781409469834

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Cathy Berberian (1925-1983) was a vocal performance artist, singer and composer who pioneered a way of composing with (and listening to) the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As a modernist muse for many avant-garde composers, Cathy Berberian went on to embody the principles of postmodern thinking in her work, re-defining the limits of composition and challenging theories of the authorship of the musical score. This volume celebrates her unorthodox path through musical landscapes including her approach to performance practice, gender performativity, vocal pedagogy and the epistemological borders of art music, the concert stage, the popular LP and the opera industry of her times. The collection features primary documentation - some published in English for the first time - of Berberian's engagement with the philosophy of voice, new music, early music, pop, jazz, vocal experimentation and technology that has come to influence the next generation of singers such as Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk and Rinde Eckert.

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Joint paper entitled 'Music is the Air I Breathe: Documenting Cathy Berberian’s Legacy' which relates to this book, delivered by Pamela Karantonis and Francesca Placanica at Bath Spa University on 23 October 2014.

Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 13:39
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:38
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