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Tony Winner
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Post Pre 1920 song?
I'm entering a musical theatre examination in early November and these are the requirements;

(Components 1 and 2 should not exceed 18 minutes.)
1. Introduce and perform from memory:
• a song written before 1920;
• a song written between 1920 and 1970.

2. Introduce and perform from memory:
• a song written in or after 1970;
• a song from any period.

3. Discuss with the examiner:
• how the programme was put together;
• the subject matter of the songs;
• the characterisation of the songs;
• the contrasting styles and moods of the songs;
• the narrative and dramatic context of the songs;
• the genre to which each song belongs;
• the composer and librettist of the songs (no extensive background knowledge is required);
• the vocal and dramatic skills and techniques employed in order to perform the songs.

I'm much more of a modern musicals fan, so my ideas for the pre 1920's piece are pretty much none existant and I'm in desperate need of suggestions! Also the song between 1920 and 1970 could pose a problem, but I'm looking into that.

I consider myself to be an alto, with my range going from the E below middle C, to the second F above middle C (that's my belt range also).

Thanks in advance.[/b]

[b]Coming Up[/b]; Pit Singer for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
[i]Previous roles[/i]; Free and Easy - Sharon, Nancy - Oliver, Rizzo - Grease, Princess - Panto.

Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:04 am
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For a pre-1920 song, you may want to look into Gilbert and Sullivan. Also, try to get a hold of some ragtime and music hall music. You might find some good stuff.

Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:00 pm
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