Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
The book, Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
is an extensive career overview
as well as an in-depth look at the voice, repertoire and recordings of Yma Sumac and also contains analysis of Wara Wara along with discussions about other Peruvian singers.
The first section as a softbound book and the second and third sections in electronic downloadable formats. For availability and questions, please see the Contacts on SunVirgin.com to contact the author directly.
Several complete chapters are posted online at The Legacy of the Diva site.
As a reference, below is an outline of the book's Table of Contents:
by Nicholas E. Limansky
Table of Contents
Part One (Biographical) about 150 pages
A complete career overview including colleague interviews and reviews etc.
- Introduction - Legend of the Sun Virgin
- Chapter one - The Beginning: Emperatriz Chavarri (1922-1942)
- Chapter two - Waiting: Imma Sumack (1942-1949)
- Chapter three The Arrival: Yma Sumac - "Intypa Wawan" (Daughter of the Sun) (1949-1952)
- Chapter four -"Accla K'Ory" (Chosen One of Gold) (1952-1954)
- Chapter five - "Taita Inty" (Virgin of the Sun God) (1954)
- Chapter six - "Lament" (1955-1957)
- Chapter seven - "Kuyaway" (Inca Love Song) (1958-1970)
- Chapter eight - "Miracles" (1970-1974)
- Chapter nine - "Remember" (Miracles) (1975-1985)
- Chpater ten - "Tumpa!" (Earthquake!) (1987)
- Chapter eleven - "La Molina" (The Mill Song) (The Ballroom, NY 1989)
- Chapter twelve - "La Pampa Y La Puna" (The Plains & the Mountains) (1989-1993)
- Chapter thirteen - "Especially For You" (1996-2000)
Part Two (The Voice) - about 60 pages
Discussion and analysis of Yma Sumac's voice and music and an in-depth look at the history of wide ranged female singers throughout the last 100 years. This last embraces not only singers from the classical arena but also those specializing in Jazz, and Popular Music.
Part Three (The Yma Sumac Recordings) - about 70 pages
A complete discography and discussion of the Sumac recordings including the live performances that are available.
- An Introduction and Discography
- The Argentinean recordings
- Voice of the Xtabay
- Legend of the Sun Virgin
- Inca Taqui
- Legend of the Jivaro
- Fuego Del Ande
- Yma Sumac Live, in Concert
- A - Brief comments about Peru and its history
- B - Text of the 1955 Souvenir Booklet from Carnegie Hall Concert
- C - My Princess (by Joe Westmoreland) - an essay
- D - The Theremin
- E - Recordings Used for Research
Also many photographs - both professional and private