The Art of the Patter Song - Rick Williams

What is a Patter Song? One useful definition: any song emphasizing words over music, characterized by wit, verbal agility, and (usually) humor. Although the familiar G&S Patter Songs were more often written for male performers, there are many patter songs for female performers, especially in the modern repertoire (notably, Sondheim, Harnick & Bock, and Meredith Willson.)

This class will cover both technique and interpretation.

Participants should come prepared to sing a song in English, in which the words are at least as important as the music. Both words and music should be memorized and sheet music provided to the pianist in the desired key.

Rick draws from over 40 years of theatrical experience as an award-winning actor and singer. He combines this background with a life-long love of and dedication to the Gilbert & Sullivan patter song.

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Into the Words, the Art of the Patter Song - Rick Williams