Giuseppe Concone Turin - Turin was an Italian vocal teacher. For about ten years Concone resided in Paris as a teacher. When he returned to Turin in , he was at the time of his death organist and choirmaster of the Court choir. He is widely known for his vocal exercises — solfeggi and vocalizzi—which are unusually attractive for works of their kind, and at the same time excellent for their special purpose. While in Paris he wrote three 'oratorios'; A guy named Smither said: "these are quite brief, include no orchestra but only piano accompaniment, and were evidently intended for performance in a private soiree rather than a theatre.
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Richault was the publisher of his vocal music, which is melodious and well written for the voice. But it is chiefly by his solfeggi and vocalizzi that Concone has made a world- wide reputation for usefulness, to which the re-publication of these works by Peters of Leipzig has greatly contributed. Those that are known consist of a book of 50 solfeggi for a medium compass of voice, 15 vocalizzi for soprano, 25 for mezzo-soprano, and a book of 25 solfeggi and 15 vocalizzi, 40 in all, for bass or baritone.
This coupling together of bass and baritone is as a rule a great mistake, but in the present case the alternative notes given in passages which run low enable baritone voices to make very profitable use of the vocalizzi, and as they do not run very high, ordinary bass voices can sing them with sufficient ease.
There is also a set of 30 very good florid exercises for soprano. The contents of these books are melodious and pleasing, and calculated to promote flexibility of voice. The accompaniments are good, and there is an absence of the monotony so often found in works of the kind. The book of 50 solfeggi has been re-published by many houses, and latterly by Curwen, with the Tonic Sol-fa in addition to the ordinary notation.
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50 Leçons de chant, Op.9 (Concone, Giuseppe)