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Contralto is the term usually used to describe the FACH designation of the lowest female voice in classical and opera music, however, tonal quality, timbre and richness are also factors. The Contralto vocal range is similar to the Tenor range and should not be confused with ALTO voice which is used in CHORAL music and is known as MEZZO SOPRANO in Classical Music. Songs suitable for Contralto or Low Voice are listed here, this is a small selection of vocal repertoire books and sheet music collections some of which come COMPLETE WITH companion or accompanying rehearsal/backing music in CD or CD+G format for beginners to professional CONTRALTO singers for your convenience from our trusted merchants, SheetMusicPlus (USA) and Amazon (UK & USA). All links open in a new window. If you are unable to find what you seek here, try the list of Sheet Music Suppliers.




The Estelle Liebling Vocal Course
Mezzo Soprano and Contralto. A method that has long been highly regarded among teachers and students alike. Each of these books consists of 3 parts: Part I describes the vocal mechanism and its function briefly and in simple, non-technical language. Part II consists of basic, fundamental vocalises carefully selected to develop the specific voices for which the book is written. Part III presents the important elements of diction in the 5 languages most commonly used in singing: English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
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Voice Placing & Training Exercises - Contralto And Baritone
A complete tutorial to train the quality and accuracy of the voice, written especially for Contralto and Baritone Voices. First published in 1927, this method by George Dodds has proved both popular and successful. Progressive in structure, the lessons being with simple breath control, basic vowel sounds and the lower medium notes before progressing to upper registers. Particular attention is paid to elocution, sustain, attack and flexibility. The chapters exercise the full range of the voice, posing challenges that represent the difficulties found in the Classical vocal repertoire.
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15 Art Songs By British Composers (Book + CD for Low Voice/Piano)
This collection, representing major composers, was compiled as an introduction to British song literature for collegiate age singers and advanced high school age singers.
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24 Italian Songs & Arias of the 17th & 18th Centuries
Medium Low Voice - Book with Online Audio
For well over a century, the G. Schirmer edition of 24 Italian Songs & Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries has introduced millions of beginning singers to serious Italian vocal literature. Offered in two accessible keys suitable for all singers, it is likely to be the first publication a voice teacher will ask a new student to purchase. The classic Parisotti realizations result in rich, satisfying accompaniments which allow singers pure musical enjoyment. For ease of practice, carefully prepared accompaniments are also recorded by John Keene, a New York-based concert accompanist and vocal coach who has performed throughout the United States for radio and television. Educated at the University of Southern California, Keene has taught accompanying at the university level and collaborated with Gian Carlo Menotti and Thea Musgrave on productions of their operas. The audio is available online for download or streaming.
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26 Italian Songs And Arias (Medium/Low Voice) Book/CD
26 Italian Songs And Arias contains arias sung and loved by the greatest singers in the world, and this version is for Medium/Low Voice with Piano Accompaniment.
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50 Selected Songs for Low Voice
Vocal Collection. Classical Period. Collection. With lyrics, vocal melody and piano accompaniment. Contents: Schubert: Rastlose Liebe, Die Allmacht, Im Abendroth, Nacht und Traume, Wohin?, Nachtviolen, Der Schmetterling, Heidenroslein, Ungeduld, Liebhaber in allen Gestalten – Schumann: Die Lotosblume, Mein schoner Stern!, Widmung, Fruhlingsnacht, Der Nussbaum, Auftrage, Schneeglockchen, Du bist wie eine Blume, Mit Myrthen und Rosen, Mondnacht – Brahms: Von ewiger Liebe, Standchen, O komme, holde Sommernacht, Auf dem Kirchhofe, Botschaft, Vergebliches Standchen, Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht, In Waldeseinsamkeit, Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Meine Liebe ist grun – Wolf: In der Fruhe, Lebe wohl!, Nun wandre, Maria, Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben, Verborgenheit, Mignon, Auf demgrunen Balcon, Nummersatte Liebe, In dem Schatten meiner Locken, Bescheidene Liebe – Strauss: Morgan, Cacilie, Standchen, Heimkehr, Traum durch die Dammerung, Allerseelen, Zueignung, Ich trage meine Minne Heimliche Aufforderung, Ruhe, meine Seele!
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Albert Hay Malotte: The Lord's Prayer (9 Keys)
Revised edition of Albert Hay Malotte's classic. For voice and piano. TRANSPOSED to 9 KEYS: E-flat major, D major, D-flat major, C major, B major, B-flat major, A major, A-flat major, G major.
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Aria Album - Famous Arias for Contralto
55 arias for Contralto voice with sheet music piano accompaniment (German/English/Italian/Latin).
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Arthur S. Sullivan's Songs and Ballads. Let Me Dream Again
Composed by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900). Composition of strophic with chorus with piano and voice (For Contralto or Baritone).
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Beginning Contralto Solos (Carline Ray)
Sheet Music Book And CD For Vocal Contralto.
This broad collection of beginning contest solos features the finest repertoire for contralto as performed by Carline Ray, and then by you, the soloist. Soloist: Carline Ray, contralto. Ensemble: Bruce Eberle, piano.Includes a high-quality printed vocal score annotated with performance suggestions and a compact disc with complete versions (with soloist) followed by stereo accompaniments to each piece, minus the soloist. Published by Music Minus One.
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Brahms German Lieder - Low Voice (Book/CD)
For Vocal Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto or Bass-Baritone. Brahms' Lieder are world-renowned and this collection of titles for low voice demonstrate just why they are so famous. Enjoy! Includes a high-quality printed vocal score and a CD+G graphics-encoded compact disc with stereo accompaniments to each piece. CD+G lyric display requires a CD+G-capable compact disc player and a television set (audio content is playable on any compact disc player, however). Published by Music Minus One.
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Build Your Nest Low or the Old Crow
Composed by Faustina Hasse Hodge. Composition of through-composed with some repetition with voice (Contralto or Baritone) and piano instrumentation.
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Carl Vine: After Campion (Score)
Scored for Soprano, Contralto and Tenor Solos, Double Choir and Two Pianos.
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Cesar Franck: Panis Angelicus (Low/Medium Voice - Piano)
Suitable for Contralto or Bass Voice. The words for Panis Angelicus form an extract taken from St Thomas Aquinas’s hymn Sacris solemniis and frequently treated as a separate hymn. Of the many settings, César Franck’s from 1872 is the best known. He included it in his Messe á Trois Voix for Tenor, Harp, Cello and Organ some years after that piece was written. Of all the works by Franck, the Panis Angelicus, with its serene, meditative Vocal line and restrained accompaniment, is the best known and certainly the most frequently recorded, in all Voices and in many arrangements.
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Charles Gounod: O Divine Redeemer
(Contralto/Soprano Duet). Versions available in paperback, sheet music or kindle
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Concert Arias For Low Soprano & Contralto
Sheet Music Book For Vocal Low Soprano and Contralto.
This vocal score of Mozart’s concert and insert arias is based on the New Mozart Edition (NMA). The musical text presented in this edition is free from practical references on performance aspects or suggestions on performance practice. An accompanying booklet gives detailed explanations on the execution of appoggiaturas and other performance practice phenomena relevant to each aria. In addition, there is a choice of suggestions for the performance of cadenzas and lead-ins as well as for the ornamentation of dal segno parts, which are often found in the early Mozart arias. All aria texts translated into German and English and printed separately.
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Contralto Songs
The New Imperial Edition of Solo Songs has been designed as a chronological anthology of song from the Lutenists down to the present day. As other albums will be devoted entirely to operatic and oratorio arias, these have generally been omitted from the present volumes. For Contralto/Alto Voice with Piano accompaniment.
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Dawn in the Room for contralto and string orchestra
. Song performed by Betti Nagy and the Budapest Scoring String Orchestra poem by E M Solomons in which a lover thinks of his/her late beloved and, at dawn, sees him/her like a ghost confirming that love is still there.The pale gold lightcreeps into my silent roomtouching my faceI know that you are here.
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Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures - Op. 37
Sheet music for Contralto and Piano by Edward Elgar. Sea Pictures is a song-cycle for Contralto and Orchestra, which was first performed on 5th October 1899 at the Norwich Festival. This edition features a Piano reduction of the Orchestral score. Contents: Sea Slumber-Song, In Haven (Capri), Sabbath Morning at Sea, Where Corals Lie, The Swimmer.
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Fern Glasgow Dunlap: Wedding Prayer (Low Voice / Piano
Key of C for Low Voice and Piano
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Franz Schubert: Serenade Op.135
Schubert's setting of a text by Franz Grillparzer for Contralto soloist with a chorus of high voices and Piano.
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George Frideric Handel: Opera Arias (Mezzo-Soprano/Contralto)
Based on the Bärenreiter vocal scores, the three volumes in this series contain some of Handel's best-known arias for mezzo-soprano/contralto, tenor and bass, together with some less well-known numbers of equally high musical quality. The arias in these volumes contain works from Handel's thirty-year period as an opera composer in London and give an impression of the variety of this extensive repertoire. The arias, placed in the chronological order of the operas, display various distinctive technical features and are mostly presented with the pre-ceding recitative or, in a few cases, in the context of an entire scene. The forewords by Donald Burrows contain detailed notes on Handel's singers and on the context of the arias of the operas.
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Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (Vocal Score)- Novello Edition Upper Voices
For Soprano and Contralto Soli, Female Voices and Orchestra. The original version was for two soloists and small ensemble; this version has been arranged by John Hullah for For Soprano and Contralto Soli Chorus of Female Voices and Piano accompaniment. Solo, Duo and Chorus movements alternate. This is the Novello Edition of the Vocal Score and is in Latin.
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Henrik Colding-Jørgensen: Ave Maria - Contralto Solo
Henrik Colding-Jørgensen's Ave Maria . Solo for Contralto.
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Henry Purcell: Fifteen Songs And Airs Set 1 (Contralto Or Baritone)
Fifteen Songs And Airs for Contralto or Baritone with piano accompaniment. Edited by Gerald Cooper.
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Henry Purcell: Fifteen Songs And Airs Set 2 (Contralto Or Baritone)
Fifteen Songs And Airs for Contralto or Baritone with piano accompaniment. Edited by Gerald Cooper.
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Hugh Wood: 4 Songs Op.2 (Score & Parts)
Work for Contralto, Clarinet, Violin and Cello. Text: Christopher Logue. Premiered in the Wigmore Hall in 1961.
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Johann Adolf Hasse: Cantates pour une Voix de Femme et Orchestre (LP11)
Voice & Orchestra
soprano or contralto solo, flute, oboe, horns, strings and bass continuo
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Johann Strauss Highlights from Die Fledermaus
Sheet Music Book And CD For Vocal Contralto.
Contains a beautiful, newly engraved, 80-page printed music score printed on high-quality ivory paper, with lyrics in the original German text; and a compact disc with digitally remastered, stereo accompaniments to the greatest highlights from this classic operetta. Published by Music Minus One.
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Johannes Brahms: Six Songs For Contralto Or Mezzo Soprano
Lieder in English - Volume 10 by Johannes Brahms for Contralto or Mezzo Soprano
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La Cenerentola; Act II, Finale: Nacqui all'affanno; Non piu mesta (contralto) Cinderella
Vocal solo romantic sheet music for Contralto composed by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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Lehar Highlights from Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Sheet Music Book And CD For Vocal Contralto.
Contains an 80-page vocal score, printed on high-quality ivory paper, with lyrics in the original German text ('Butterflies' in English), and a compact disc containing digitally remastered, stereo accompaniments for each piece. Published by Music Minus One.
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Lifes Dream is Oer - Romanza for Tenor & Contralto
Sheet music for voice and piano. Arranged from "Ascher's Alice". Composition of strophic with chorus with piano and voice instrumentation.
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Longing. Canzonetta for Contralto
Composed by Theodore T. Barker. Composition of strophic with piano and voice instrumentation.
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New Scottish Orpheus: Contralto And Piano
The New Scottish Orpheus written for contralto and piano.
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Nicola Vaccai: Practical Vocal Method Of Italian Singing (Contralto Or Bass)
Book
Nicola Vaccai's Practical Vocal Method (Contralto or Bass) is complete and scrupulous, providing an ideal preparation for a certain type of 'pre-Rossinian vocalism' which is attracting renewed interest. The vocal methods of Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848) are well-known to classical singers and voice teachers around the world. Ricordi was the original publisher of Vaccai.
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Once Again - Ballad in Dm for Contralto
Words by Lionel N. Lewin. Composed by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) Sheet music for Contralto and Piano
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Operatic Album : Contralto
Sheet music for Contralto and Piano. Contents: Re dell'abisso (Un Ballo in Maschera), Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo), Voce di donna o d'angelo (La Gioconda), Il segrato par esser Felici (Lucrezia Borgia), O del mio dolce ardor (Paris and Helen), Che farò senza Euridice (Orpheus).
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Per Norgard: L'Amour La Poesie (Score)
Work for Contralto, Baritone and Piano (or Harp). Text in French: Paul Eluard.
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Peter Cornelius: The Three Kings
A gorgeous carol arranged for SATB Choir a cappella with a solo for a Treble voice or Contralto.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Ralph Vaughan Williams Magnificat for Contralto or Mezzo-Soprano solo, female chorus (SA), Flute and Piano accompaniment.
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Roger Steptoe: Chinese Lyrics Set 2 For Contralto (Or Countertenor) And Piano
Sheet music for Contralto voice and piano. Contents: Contents: At the riverside (C sharp - D), Crossing the Han river (C sharp - C sharp), Green, green the riverside grass (C sharp - E), Inscribed on a small garden wall (C - C sharp), Night (C - E), White clouds are in the sky (C - C sharp)
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Rose-Bush for Contralto
Composed by Faustina Hasse Hodges. Words Translated from the German by W. Caldwell. Composition of strophic with piano and voice instrumentation.
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St. Agnes Eve. Song (Contralto or Baritone)
Words by [Alfred] Tennyson. Music by Arthur Sullivan.Composition of ababcd with piano and voice (For Contralto or Baritone in C) instrumentation. Subject headings for this piece include Poets, Nuns, Prayer, Religion. First line reads "Deep on the convent roof the snows are sparkling to the moon.".
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Stabat Mate (Contralto/Chorus/Piano
by Karl Jenkins. A major new choral/orchestral work from the composer of Adiemus and The Armed Man. The 13th-century Latin sequence, set by many famous composers of the past, receives a fresh expression and intensity in Karl Jenkins's setting. The work is divided into twelve movements and incorporates additional texts including “Ave verum corpus” (originally composed for Bryn Terfel), “Lament” by Carol Barratt, and English texts derived from ancient Babylonian and medieval Persian sources. By turns dramatic and reflective, Stabat Mater will be eagerly seized on by Jenkins fans everywhere. Suitable for choirs of intermediate standard upwards.
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Schubert German Lieder - Low Voice, vol. I
Sheet Music Book And CD For Vocal Contralto. (New Deluxe Digitally Remastered version)
Includes a high-quality printed vocal score and a CD+G graphics-enabled compact disc with stereo accompaniments to each piece. Published by Music Minus One.
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Scott: Album Of Songs For Contralto And Piano
English- born composer Scott's 'Album Of Songs' is arranged for a contralto vocal part and piano accompaniment.
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Semellaz: Decouvrir L opera Français (Livre Avec Cd)
Partition Seule Airs Pour Mezzo-Soprano Ou Contralto Et Piano
Born in Laval, Françoise Semellaz studied in Le Mans and Paris before embarking on a successful teaching career. Currently a professor at the Lille Conservatoire, she devotes herself to classical singing. As a vocalist herself, this compilation of Discover French Opera is well-informed. Containing airs for Mezzo-Sopranos and Contraltos, the accompaniment is helpfully recorded on the CD included. Airs include those by Boiëldieu, Delibes, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach, Saint-Saëns and Thomas. With a detailed preface and wide selection of Airs, Semellaz's Discover French Opera is essential to all aspiring, advanced Mezzo-Sopranos and Contraltos.
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Sing Solo Contralto
Eleven songs for solo Contralto with Piano Accompaniment including: Giordani: Caro mio ben, Brahms: Die Mainacht, Delius: Twilight Fancies, Grieg: A Swan, Purcell: If music be the food of love, Schubert: An die Musik, Vaughan Williams: The Water Mill, Handel: Return, O God of Hosts, Mendelssohn: But the Lord is mindful, Handel: Ombra mai fu, Mozart: Voi, che sapete
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The Hundred Best Short Songs - Book Four (Contralto)
A superb collection of standard repertoire for the classical singer. Titles range from Baroque to late 19th century and titles often appear on the ABRSM singing syllabus.
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The Junior Recitalist Book 2 - Mezzo-soprano/Contralto
Compiled by Noelle Barker. CONTENTS: BUSH, Geoffrey: The end of love (C - F), DOWLAND, John: Come away, come sweet love (F sharp - F), HATTON, John Liptrot: The Hag (A - F), HOLST, Gustav: Betelgeuse (B - F), IRELAND, John: My true love hath my heart (D - F sharp), PARRY, Hubert: Dirge in the woods (B - E), PINTO, George Frederick: Invocation to nature (D - F), PURCELL, Henry: Dear pretty youth (D - E); Sweeter than roses (B - E), SULLIVAN, Arthur: The Willow Song (B - E), THIMAN, Eric: I wandered lonely as a cloud (C - F), WEBB, William: As life what is so sweet (C - E), WELDON, John: The wakeful nightingale (D - F).
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Treveor Widdicombe: The Shepherds Cradle Song (SC)
Trevor Widdicombes 2-part arrangement of The Shepherds' Cradle Song, based upon the four-part version by Charles Macpherson. For Sopano and Contralto voices.
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The Old Miser : Descriptive Song For Bass or Contralto
Words and Music by C.A. White. Composition of through-composed with piano and voice instrumentation.
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The Real Vocal Book : Volume I (Low Voice)
The Real Vocal Book has many of the selections from Volumes 1 and 2 of the instrumental Real Books, but now with complete lyrics added to the pre-existing melody line. This edition features 300 essential songs arranged for low voice, including: Alfie, All of Me, Autumn Leaves, Bewitched, Bluesette, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Fever, Georgia on My Mind, Misty, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, Satin Doll and more.
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The Real Vocal Book : Volume II (Low Voice)
An alternative to the plethora of poorly designed, illegible, inaccurate and badly edited volumes which abound on the market today. With a neat and accurate layout, the Real Book series aims to provide a selection of music that is both easy to read and enjoyable to perform. This volume contains nearly 300 popular songs, arranged especially for vocalists with lower voices. Featuring many well-known tunes from musicals and films, The Real Vocal Book: Volume II (Low Voice) includes the hits Big Spender, Let There Be Love, What A Wonderful World, On The Street Where You Live, Swinging On A Star and many more.
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The Real Vocal Book : Volume III (Low Voice)
An amazing collection of over 300 songs especially for vocalists, including: Águas De Março (Waters of March), Almost like Being in Love, Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Brazil, Bridge over Troubled Water, C'est Si Bon (It's So Good), Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Down with Love, For Once in My Life, Getting to Know You, Happy Talk, Harlem Nocturne, Hello, Dolly! On Broadway, On Green Dolphin Street, Piano Man, Puttin' on the Ritz, Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head, Send in the Clowns, Sing, Sit down You're Rockin the Boat, Smooth Operator, Sunrise, Sunset, You're the Cream in My Coffee and more.
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Two Songs, Opus 91 for Contralto
Contralto voice with viola or cello. Voice and piano with other instruments.
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Voice Placing & Training Exercises - Contralto And Baritone
A complete tutorial to train the quality and accuracy of the voice, written especially for Contralto and Baritone Voices. First published in 1927, this method by George Dodds has proved both popular and successful. Progressive in structure, the lessons being with simple breath control, basic vowel sounds and the lower medium notes before progressing to upper registers. Particular attention is paid to elocution, sustain, attack and flexibility. The chapters exercise the full range of the voice, posing challenges that represent the difficulties found in the Classical vocal repertoire.
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When Love is Done - Song for Contralto or Baritone
by Willis Howard Alling written for Contralto or Baritone. Composition of strophic with piano and voice instrumentation.
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You're The Voice: Alicia Keys (Book/CD)
Ten great songs arranged for voice, Piano and Guitar as performed and recorded by Alicia Keys. Here are some of her best songs, arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar, and accompanied by a CD of professional backing tracks for you to take her place.
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You're The Voice: Amy Winehouse (Book/CD)
Ten great songs arranged for voice, Piano and Guitar as performed and recorded by Amy Winehouse. Here are some of her best songs, arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar, and accompanied by a CD of professional backing tracks for you to take her place.
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You're the Voice : Billie Holiday (Book/CD)
Now you can sing in the style of Billie Holiday! Published in the popular "You're The Voice" series this book features arrangements of classic Billie Holiday songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.
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You're The Voice: Nina Simone (Book/CD)
Ten timeless classics arranged for voice, piano and guitar, as performed and recorded by the legendary Nina Simone. The accompanying CD includes full backings for each song, professionally arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings.
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You're the Voice: Shirley Bassey (Book/CD)
Now you can belt them out like Shirley Bassey! Published in the popular "You're the Voice" series this book features arrangements of classic Shirley Bassey songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.
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