About The Book

Even though 150 years have passed since The Art of Singing was first published, Bassini’s method is just as valid today as it was when it was written. The book is not just a historically interesting document, it defines a method of bel canto. It contains the vocal wisdom of the 18th and 19th centuries. The principles illuminated here were those used to train the great singers who were the first to sing the operas of Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, and many others.

This classic volume brings back to life Bassini’s original vocal method, and it couldn’t be more current today than it was over 150 years ago. In this volume, Carlo Bassini, one of the most influential teachers of singing of the 19th century, describes his practical and theoretical ideas, which are given a 21st century freshness by the editor. Many of today’s texts on singing neglect to explain the practical process of voice building, therefore abandoning the methodical approach to singing first developed by Bassini. With Bassini’s Art of Singing, editor Steven Austin brings one of the seminal works in the field back to the voice profession, enabling study by new students so that their own work is properly influenced by this successful practitioner from the past. This book is beautifully bound to resemble the original 1856 edition. It is truly a must-have collector’s item for singers, singing teachers, and those who collect classic books of singing.

About The Author

Stephen F. Austin, is associate professor of voice. Dr. Austin joined the faculty of UNT in 2001 after several years of teaching at Louisiana State University. He teaches applied voice and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Austin received a masters degree in vocal performance from UNT and continued his studies at the University of Iowa where he earned the Ph.D. in voice science from the Department of Communication Disorders under the direction of Dr. Ingo Titze. His unique training in performance and voice science has placed Dr. Austin at the forefront of interdisciplinary work in vocal pedagogy. Dr. Austin is an active performer, published author, and a popular lecturer in vocal pedagogy and voice science. He has presented recitals, lectures, and master classes across this country, in England, The Netherlands, and in Australia. He is regularly featured on the faculty of the “Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice” sponsored by the Voice Foundation and held in Philadelphia each summer. He has made presentations to the national conventions of the America Speech and Hearing Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He has offered lectures and master classes at national and international conferences and workshops including the Westminster Choir College Summer Workshop, the international meeting of the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, the NATS mid-winter workshops, and recently the Pan European Voice Conference held in London, England. He has also appeared as special guest for the New York Singing Teachers Association. Dr. Austin is known for his ability to clarify for the voice teaching community the complexities of voice science and to make it applicable to the studio teacher and singer. His articles on this subject have been published in AUSTRALIAN VOICE, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and in the JOURNAL OF SINGING. He writes a featured column in the JOURNAL OF SINGING called ?Provenance? where he examines the historically significant treatises on vocal pedagogy and elucidates important pedagogical principles from the past. His scientific research has focused on the articulatory behavior of classically trained singers and has been published in the JOURNAL OF VOICE. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing, and serves on the Voice Science Advisory Committee of NATS. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Voice Foundation. A successful teacher, he has students singing professionally in this country and in Europe.


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