art song


Definition of art song

: a usually through-composed song for solo voice and accompaniment — compare folk song

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Recent Examples on the Web Opera fans can get an online fix of arias and art songs in the Dallas Opera’s upcoming Lone Star Vocal Competition. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition goes virtual," 27 May 2020 Soprano Mari Hahn is a versatile performer of opera, art song, oratorio, music theater and jazz. Anchorage Daily News, "AK Quarantunes: Mari Hahn performs Schubert’s ‘Litanei’," 20 Apr. 2020 Mezzo-soprano Linda Porter and sopranos Mari Hahn and Stasia Jamieson perform a concert of trios, songs and arias from operatic and art song milieus. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a look at the big shows coming to Anchorage this fall and winter," 5 Sep. 2019 The preliminary screening submissions of an aria, oratorio or art song (or portion) of choice are not to exceed five minutes in length, recorded and submitted online. Courtney Mcgee,, "Coloratura? Classical voice competition Towson-bound," 27 Aug. 2019 Their high-intensity interpretations sometimes seemed more suited to opera than art song. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Cantus blends harmony as usual, but soloists get a chance to shine," 17 July 2019 SongFest: A Journey Through Schubert Lieder An in-depth exploration of the Austrian composer’s art songs. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal classical music listings, June 16-23: Pianist Inon Barnatan, tenor Andrea Bocelli and more," 14 June 2019 DuPont will present a recital of art songs, spirituals and gospels by both female and male black composers on June 26. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Festival Baltimore celebrates the County’s 'world-class' concert hall," 13 June 2019 Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Retiring artistic director Anne Tomlinson makes her last local appearance leading the ensemble; program includes works by Bernstein, Vivaldi, et al., plus art songs and folk music from Norway. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in SoCal classical music: California Symphony, Pacific Opera Project and more," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of art song

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Art song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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