The Art Of The Singer; Practical Hints About Vocal Technics And Style by William James Henderson

The Art Of The Singer; Practical Hints About Vocal Technics And Style

byWilliam James Henderson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... WAGNER-SINGING For years one of the most formidable obstacles in the way of an immediate appreciation of the Wagnerian music drama was the atrocious manner in which its music was sung. I am here confronted by a lion in the path, a vicious, snarling lion of evil tradition, fed fat in the mews of Wahnfried itself. The manner in which the music of Wagner has been sung in the past and is still sung by the authority of Bayreuth is fundamentally incorrect; and I hope here and now to establish that truth. Why does the typical German singer of the music of Wagner bark, cough, or sneeze the notes instead of producing them in a normal manner? Why is it regarded by so large a part of the German people as absolutely wicked to sing the music of Wagner? It is true that there are Germans who do really sing this music, but they are always confronted with wagging heads in their own land. There is believed to be something radically wrong with them because they permit the voice parts of the Wagner music dramas to be revealed in their native beauty. In the benighted country in which I live we listen to such singing with joy. For we have at last come out of the wilderness in which we were aforetime lost, and have learnt that the highest achievement of the old Italian art of singing is the delivery of Wagner's music as he, poor man, dreamed it, but rarely heard it. Fifteen years ago the writer of this volume was derided, because he had said that Wagner never intended that his music should be delivered as the German singers of that day were delivering it. He had declared that if what Lilli Lehmann and Emil Fischer did was right (and even the Germans in New York praised them), then what Alvary and Elmblad and others of that sort did was all wrong. In more recent years he was still maki...

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Title:The Art Of The Singer; Practical Hints About Vocal Technics And StyleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217288847

ISBN - 13:9780217288842

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