Edition Peters re-release Changing Voices

Before the first edition of this book was put out of print it was a best seller amongst singing teachers and schools. The wide-ranging repertoire and the detailed explanation of the physiology of the changing voice make it an essential resource for all singing teachers and choral establishments.

When boys’ voices change from a childhood treble to a lower adult voice it is important to treat the voice particularly carefully. Pushing it too hard may cause permanent damage.

Changing Voices contains a collection of songs to help the young singer through this period:

  • Songs with a range of between a fifth and an octave, in a choice of keys
  • Wide-ranging repertoire covering classical, musical theatre, traditional songs and new commissions
  • Background notes about the songs and their composers
  • Pronunciation guides for singing in Italian, German, Spanish and French
  • Description of the physiology of the changing voice 
  • Performing advice and technical guidance

For this particular period in a young male singer’s life, it is important that the song fits the singer, rather than expecting the singer to fit the song. 
The songs in this book have been selected with this in mind.


  • Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
  • A Brown Bird Singing (Wood)
  • Career Paths (Parry)
  • De los álamos vengo (Fuenllana)
  • Erie Canal (Allen)
  • Volkslied (Mendelssohn)
  • Ezek’el Saw the Wheel (Spiritual)
  • From far, from Eve and Morning
  • (Vaughan Williams)
  • Hébé (Chausson)
  • La souris (Poulenc)
  • Leave her, Johnny (trad.)
  • Let It (Wallen)
  • Lied eines Schmiedes (Schumann)
  • Pupille arciere (Gagliano)
  • Rune of Hospitality (Rubbra)
  • Say love if ever thou didst fi nd (Dowland)
  • Star Vicino (anon.)
  • The Gas Man Cometh (Flanders and Swann)
  • Variables of Green (Hattey)