Gateway to French Melodies
Gateway to French M̩lodies (High Voice). Edited by John Glenn Paton. For Voice (High voice (Medium-High)). Book; CD; Masterworks; Vocal Collection. Gateway Series. Masterwork. 240 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.36531).
ISBN 0739074121. Masterwork.
Many of the marvelous songs found here been out of print for more than a century and a few are published here for the very first time. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance. The songs include:
"Plaisir d'amour," the quintessential song of bittersweet love, edited from the composer's original 1784 edition
Seven works by women composers, including two sisters who were divas of Romantic opera, Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot
Works of French operatic masters such as Gounod, Saint-Sans, Bizet, and Massenet
Six songs by Gabriel Faure and four by Claude Debussy
Two duets from contrasting historical periods
Piano accompaniments are heard on the companion CD, beautifully played by Joan Thompson and expertly engineered by Grammy Award winner Matthew Snyder.