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NEOC Presentation
April 7, 2019


Spring Song: The Art of the
Vocal Transcription

Ed Tapper, Speaker

Frühling

How is it possible to have a NEOC program filled with dazzling vocal performances that contains no opera, lieder or any music at all composed for the human voice? Simple: Feature melodies from orchestral and instrumental classics transcribed for voice.

These once enormously popular transcriptions were either created by the composer himself by adding lyrics to his own, popular, non-vocal melodies, or fashioned retrospectively by a later composer. From the earliest days of recordings, this genre proved immensely popular, enabling the public to enjoy their best-loved tunes from the instrumental and symphonic repertoire, sung by their favorite opera stars. These vocal transcriptions also figured prominently in recital programs by several historic singers. In today’s age of strict "political correctness" in the music world, this entertaining genre has all but vanished.

One of our regular presenters, Ed Tapper, will be returning in April to share a fascinating group of his favorite recordings of vocal arrangements. These rare selections will feature melodies from the Baroque to the Modern era, with a decided emphasis on the Romantic, sung in 10 different languages. Similarly, the soloists will vary greatly, from lovelorn bassos to dazzling coloratura sopranos, as will the selections, representing every recorded genre, from the acoustic 78 to the compact disc.

In the past, Ed has presented diverse programs with subjects ranging from specific historic figures to the struggles of Jewish and African-American opera singers. Timed to coincide with the start of Spring, this delightful program will provide a true departure for Ed, and, for his friends in the New England OperaClub, a tuneful afternoon at the "Pops."

The Library is fully handicap-accessible

Unfortunately, the Peter Sullivan tribute is being moved to a later date this summer, due to circumstances beyond our control.


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Date:
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time:
2:00 - 4:30 PM

Place:
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA

Telephone:
617.972.6431

Directions:

  • From the West: Take Route 20 East (Main Street)to Watertown Square. WFPL is at 123 Main Street.
  • From the East: Take Rte. 16 (Mt. Auburn St.) west. Turn right onMain Street. WFPL is at 123 Main Street.
  • Parking: Limited metered parking is in back of the library and on the street.All parking is metered - Sundays are free.
  • Public Transportation: The library is accessible via MBTA Bus routes Express 502, Express 504, 52, 57, 59, 70, 70A, and 71. It is less than a five minute walk to the library from the buses that arrive at Watertown Yard.

The Library is fully handicap-accessible.
The library features an elevator to get us to the lower floor, where the lecture will take place.

Upcoming presentations:

May 5: Berkshire Opera Festival founders
June 2: TBA
July: no presentation
August: TBA
September: TBA
October: TBA
 November: TBA
December 15: TBA


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