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 accompanying CD includes professionally-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).
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