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Sarah Jillian Cox


The life and pedagogy of Carlo Bassini (c1815-1870): From itinerant violinist to “the most eminent educator of the voice in America”

Carlo Bassini (c1815-1870) began his career as an itinerant violinist and finished it as one of the foremost voice teachers in New York. This project will produce the first comprehensive critical examination of Bassini’s singing teaching method, from his earliest published articles (1853) through his six method books (1857-1869), collating his pedagogical techniques and philosophy, and examining them considering modern understanding of vocal physiology. A comprehensive critical biography of Bassini, combined with an analysis of his methods, will bridge the historical and theoretical gap between the bel canto teachings of the late 1700s in Italy and nineteenth-century voice teaching.





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