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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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Large and Small Strokes

Large and Small Strokes

40 Large and Small Strokes
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that, like the painter, the singer should employ a wide variety of brush strokes in balancing detail and overall design so as to have a complete performance. Comparing the art of painting with that of singing may, at first blush, appear absurd. This is not the case when one recalls that there are miniaturists and muralists among singers as well as among painters. Some singers work for small detail, whereas others aim to present spacious, sumptuous sonorities. The latter are concerned with the impact of resonant vocal sound; the former conceive vocal sound chiefly as a vehicle for musical and textual communication. Vocal performers should not stamp the music with a personal hallmark as proof of the degree of sensitivity and musicality they are capable of expressing. There ought to be some relationship between essential detail and overall design.

Keywords:   singer, performance, singing, vocal sound, music, musicality

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