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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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The Sense of Immediacy in Singing

The Sense of Immediacy in Singing

47 The Sense of Immediacy in Singing
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the sense of immediacy in singing. No matter how familiar the song or how great the original conception, it must project from the singer with a sense of immediate creation. In an act of re-creation, the singer becomes surrogate poet and composer. The text must be born again with the same freshness and reality that inspired the poet; the melodic line, with its particular grouping of intervals and rhythmic patterns, ought to spring from the singer's consciousness at an intensity level at least as strong as that which motivated poet and composer. The singer's art is a re-creative art. Only the singer can give life to the song. By so doing, she or he renews its existence in time. The song has life only if the singer endows it with life. Communication, the ultimate goal of performance, depends on the singer's ability to immediately envision the poetic and dramatic situation.

Keywords:   singing, song, singer, poet, composer, communication, performance

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