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Stand up Straight and Sing!

Norman, Jessye (Book - 2014)
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Jessye Norman is not only one of the world's most admired and beloved opera stars--she is an American icon whose life story is as inspiring as the fictional plot triumphs she sang onstage. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, a descendant of many generations of hardworking slave and free ancestors, she grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism, with the civil rights movement just beginning to awaken. Nurtured by a close family and tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye sang songs and spirituals constantly, never dreaming that it might lead to a career. Only when she watched a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson did she first realize that singing could be a profession. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a long-delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, and forays into spirituals, blues, jazz, and other roots music, she has become one of America's cultural treasures. This is an inspiring woman's account of an astonishing life.--From publisher description. The Grammy Award-winning opera star describes her childhood in the segregated South, the community values and role models that shaped her ambitions, her meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera and the accomplishments that have established her as one of America's most decorated singing artists.
Authors: Norman, Jessye
Title: Stand up straight and sing!
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
Characteristics: xx, 316 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: "Great Day!"
1. In the beginning
Widmung
"I want two wings"
2. A mother's joy
Ave Maria
"Ev'ry time I feel the spirit"
3. A father's pride
Isolde's Liebestod
"There is a balm in Gilead"
4. Church, spirituals, and spirit
Die Allmacht
"Sometimes I feel like a motherless child"
5. Racism as it lives and breathes
"My Lord, what a morning"
Interlude: Marian Anderson
Erlkönig
"On my journey, now"
6. Growing up in Germany
O namenlose Freude
"Oh glory!"
7. The singing craft as art form
L'île inconnue
"The Lord's prayer"
8. The song, the craft, the spirit, and the joy!
Sanctus
"Ride on, King Jesus"
9. Woman, life, singer
His eye is on the sparrow
"He's got the whole world in his hand"
10. And the journey continues
Postlude
Coda
Zueignung..
Summary: Jessye Norman is not only one of the world's most admired and beloved opera stars--she is an American icon whose life story is as inspiring as the fictional plot triumphs she sang onstage. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, a descendant of many generations of hardworking slave and free ancestors, she grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism, with the civil rights movement just beginning to awaken. Nurtured by a close family and tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye sang songs and spirituals constantly, never dreaming that it might lead to a career. Only when she watched a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson did she first realize that singing could be a profession. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a long-delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, and forays into spirituals, blues, jazz, and other roots music, she has become one of America's cultural treasures. This is an inspiring woman's account of an astonishing life.--From publisher description.
The Grammy Award-winning opera star describes her childhood in the segregated South, the community values and role models that shaped her ambitions, her meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera and the accomplishments that have established her as one of America's most decorated singing artists.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 56 65 70 102 109 118 133 148 149 172 203 216 245 258
ISBN: 0544003403
9780544003408
Statement of Responsibility: Jessye Norman
Subject Headings: Sopranos (Singers) United States Biography. Norman, Jessye.
Topical Term: Sopranos (Singers)
LCCN: 2013046581
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