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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Si canta come si parla?

Si canta come si parla?

15 Si canta come si parla?
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers whether the maxim si canta come si parla (one sings as one speaks) has validity as a pedagogical tenet in the cultivated singing voice. Si canta come si parla is a familiar adage from the historic Italian School, the school that for several centuries dominated all serious vocalism in the Western world. One answer to whether one can sing as he or she speaks might well be: It depends on which language one is singing, how clearly one enunciates that language independently of regional speech characteristics, and in what part of the vocal range one is singing. The acoustic theory of speech production and linguistic recognition is in large part based on an assumption that vowel definition is a product of proper correspondence between laryngeal configuration and filtering processes resulting from the adjustment of the resonators above the larynx (supraglottic). This process is known as “vowel tracking.” Si canta come si parla stands in direct opposition to those techniques that endorse nonphonetic approaches to resonator adjustment for the singing voice.

Keywords:   si canta come si parla, singing voice, singing, speech production, linguistic recognition, vowel definition, larynx, vowel tracking

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