Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based upon the Famous School of Manuel García
Hermann Klein was an Englishman and student of legendary voice teacher Manuel García, and brought his master's method to America in 1901. While teaching in New York City, Klein wrote a remarkable 84-page singing manual for each voice type utilizing the new technology of the gramophone which was published in 1909. In a well-documented introduction, the author recounts how Klein's manual was rediscovered after being lost for more than a century—only a handful of copies having survived—and addresses its importance for modern students and teachers of singing.
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Republishing Klein's historic manual brought to light a complete set of twenty rare contralto recordings. The vocalist was Klein's student Janet Spencer, who was accompanied by Klein on the piano. The availability of these historic recordings is quite unusual since no recordings are known to have survived other than three soprano discs at Yale University. We owe their existence to the generosity of John Wolfson, a record collector and patron of the arts in New York City.
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