This series was designed to supplement traditional vocal instruction and works perfectly as preparatory literature for The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos Part II. Each piece is in English and has a limited vocal range as well as a piano accompaniment that is playable by a student pianist. The pieces include art songs, folksongs, humorous songs, and suitable vintage popular songs and are all appropriate for contest solos. The book includes companion recorded accompaniments.
Soprano Contents: Alice Blue Gown • April Showers • Butterflies (Schulz) • Cradle Song (Brahms) • Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) • The False Prophet (Scott) • Florian's Song (Godard) • Golden Slumbers (English folksong) • It Was a Lover and His Lass (Austin) • Ladybird (Schumann) • The Lilac Tree (Gartlin) • The Little Sandman (arr. Brahms) • My Little Heart (Weckerlin) • The Nightingale (Alabieff) • Oh! Dear, What Can the Matter Be? (16th Century) • Oh, Pretty Birds (Rigel) • The Rosebush (Himmel) • The Sweetest Flower that Blows (Hawley) • Two Marionettes (Cooke) • The Willow Song (16th Century) • The Willow Tree (arr. Reimann) • The Winter It Is Past (arr. Hopekirk).
Editor: Joan Frey Boytim
Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.