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By George Baker and K. A. Wright (Auth.)

ISBN-10: 0080104274

ISBN-13: 9780080104270

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Nothing could be more wrong. Ι. f. EC* sleep, but we shall all be chang'd in a mo-ment, w-ht rtk? » n f ' c ë Tf) twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. fi in the Oratorio 47 The words, "but we shall all be chang'd in a moment" must be sung in one continuous phrase. In the last word, "trumpet", the " R " must be rolled. A slight slowing-up is permissible in the last bar, to give emphasis to the words. Take particular note that the recitative is an accompanied one, and nothing whatever in my rephrasing interferes with the rhythm and time-values of the accompaniment.

Now let us proceed with the song: 26 The Common Sense of Singing 2 For the mountains shall depart 2 and the hills, the hills be removed 2 but Thy kindness shall not depart 2 1 but Thy kindness, Thy kindness shall not 1 2 depart from me neither shall the covenant 2 of Thy peace of Thy peace be removed 1 neither shall the covenant of Thy peace be 1 2 removed but Thy kindness shall not depart 2 shall not depart but Thy kindness shall 2 not depart, shall not depart from me 3 1 neither shall be removed the covenant 1 of Thy peace It will be noticed that the word "removed" finishes on a low B natural, and although the following word "the" is on the same note, it must be sung with the quality of the upper voice.

If, on the other hand, we envisage a time when opera will have thrown overboard the idea of singing as a means of emotional and dramatic expression, regarding it as an outmoded medium, we need not bother any further about how to apply the art of singing to the demands of opera. We have had, during the past few years, some examples of experimental writing for the human voice in the field of opera, but judging by the special pleading and the careful statements of the critics, who must guard themselves against possible error, and on the other side, the ill-disguised hostility of the audience, I cannot believe Opera 55 the so-called melodic lines resembling the temperature chart of a patient in a feverish condition have come to stay.

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