How to Sing (Meine Gesangskunst)

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.6 stars; 24 reviews)

Lilli Lehmann, born Elisabeth Maria Lehmann, was a German operatic soprano of phenomenal versatility. She was also a voice teacher.

She wrote: "Every serious artist has a sincere desire to help others reach the goal—the goal toward which all singers are striving: to sing well and beautifully." This is the 1915 second (expanded) edition of her book, and the accompanying online book scan includes many illustrations and diagrams, both physiological and musical, which the listener will find useful.

Much of Lilli Lehmann's advice is complex and demanding - the standards which she set for herself were beyond the highest aspirations of most professional singers. However, there is still much in this book that is enlightening to all those who are interested in using their voice to best advantage, both in song and the spoken word. (Summary by Ruth Golding and Wikipedia) (5 hr 23 min)


00 - Preface; My Purpose; My Title to Write on the Art of Song 13:50 Read by Ruth Golding
01 - Section I: Preliminary Practice 9:37 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - Section II: Of the Breath 12:59 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - Section III: Of the Breath and Whirling Currents 8:31 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - Section IV: The Singer's Physiological Studies 10:03 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Section V: Equalizing the Voice - Form 13:49 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Section VI: The Attack and the Vowels 20:42 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Sections VII - VIII: Nasal Singing; The Head Voice 20:17 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Sections IX - XII: Sensations of Tongue, Nose, Palate and Resonance of Hea… 12:06 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Sections XIII - XIV: On Vocal Registers; Development and Equalization 17:58 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - Section XV - XVI: White Voices; Theodor Wachtel 8:44 Read by Ruth Golding
11: Section XVII: Highest Head Tones 6:24 Read by Ruth Golding
12: Sections XVIII - XIX: The Tremolo; The Cure 12:30 Read by Ruth Golding
13 - Sections XX - XXI: The Tongue; Preparations for Singing 10:08 Read by Ruth Golding
14 - Sections XXII - XXIV: Position of the Mouth; Connection of Vowels; The Lips 15:35 Read by Ruth Golding
15 - Sections XXV - XXVII: The Vowel Sound AH; Italian and German; Auxiliary Vo… 18:12 Read by Ruth Golding
16 - Sections XXVIII - XXX: Resonant Consonants; Practical Exercises; The Great… 21:18 Read by Ruth Golding
17 - Sections XXXI - XXXII: Velocity; Trill 12:58 Read by Ruth Golding
18 - Section XXXIII: How to Hold One's Self when Practising 8:32 Read by Ruth Golding
19 - Section XXXIV: Pronunciation - Consonants 39:10 Read by Ruth Golding
20 - Sections XXXV - XXXVI: Concerning Expression; Before the Public 8:43 Read by Ruth Golding
21 - Section XXXVII - XXXVIII and Note: Interpretation; In Conclusion; Remedy f… 21:37 Read by Ruth Golding


how to sing 101

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book and the way it's been written. Gives a full guide of untold lessons to us singers even if never took professional trainning. Thanks a lot.

(4 stars)

very well read and very informative!

Exceptional book

(5 stars)

The narrator is superb.

it was Good i learned alot

(5 stars)