The Musical Standard Volume 10

The Musical Standard Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... she-ad-ow of death. The wings 00-0/the wo-inde." An eminent soprano also would sing: "Bid me du-ke-orte, dt-ancc, and play." And so many persons who would otherwise sing creditably and pleasingly, with mouthings and mutterings so completely obscure the sense of the words they are singing, that they might as well sing in a strange tongue or abolish language altogether for the fa, sol, la of the "solfegio." And this obscurity and indistinctness of pronunciation brings me to the like defect under my fourth head: The carelessness and imperfection of " musical utterance and expression." We hear much and suffer more from the prevalent habit of dragging in singing. Many people "take a note" as if they were afraid to grasp it, but when they have once seized upon it, they seem as loth to.let it go, as if they were sceptical of their ability ever to reach another. Hence we find an effect, which a modern musician has with more force than elegance, termed "smearing." There are no vigorous outlines and boundaries to our songpictures; the colours run into each other, and the result is a daub. This arises from the two causes of which we have spoken, fear of taking a note, unwillingness to give it up. Or as the French would express it, wants of " attack" in the one instance, and in the other, an undue and injudicious use of " the portamento." Every note, whether loud or soft, should be struck squarely and promptly, or else the effect is indistinct and obscure, as when the keys of an organ are not pressed down sufficiently to allow the air to pass freely; thus producing a wheezing and insufficient tone. This promptness of utterance is one of the great secrets of the efficiency and...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813847
  • 9781236813848