by John Koopman

It is the best of trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
---Hilaire Belloc


This is a site for singers and song coaches, and I hope to interest you in some excellent art songs that I believe deserve your attention.

I don't recall ever hearing any of these songs performed in public, by either professionals or students (other than my own), and very few of them have ever been recorded. My judgement that they are deserving is totally subjective, and I can only hope you will investigate some of them and judge for yourself.

Considering the current uncertainties of the music publishing business, the best way to locate copies of any of this music may be with a search of the more prominent music libraries by way of the Internet.


Copyright 1999, John Koopman. All rights reserved. No part of these websites, designated A BRIEF HISTORY OF SINGING and UNSUNG SONGS, or their contents may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means--electronic, photocopying or otherwise--without the written permission of the copyright holder. For information about the use of this material please contact the author through the Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI , (U.S.A) 54912-0599. Fax 920 832 6633