Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
On the Art of Singing$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 December 2020

Breath Management, Diction, and the Vocal Legato

Breath Management, Diction, and the Vocal Legato

5 Breath Management, Diction, and the Vocal Legato
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the interrelationships between breath management, diction, and the vocal legato during singing. The very foundation of singing rests on the breath cycle (inspiration, phonation, and breath renewal), During singing, breath is turned into tone. When unhindered by clumsy diction, the flow of vibrant sound results in an unrelenting legato line that can he contoured at will. When the artistic imagination is coupled with technical mastery of subglottic pressure, airflow, vibrancy, and skillfully executed diction, the resultant flow of tone will be compelling in its freedom. Communication with the audience—the ultimate goal of the singer—will then be direct and unencumbered. When legato singing is mastered, both listener and singer have the impression that words and syllables ride lightly and distinctly on a foundation of secure breath management. This chapter also considers the continuity of vowel sound, the duration of pitch consonants, the unification of consonant and vowel in the onset, the quickly occurring consonant, the nondiminishing vowel sound, the unmodified vowel sound, dynamic constancy (intensity) in diphthongization, and phrase inflection.

Keywords:   breath management, diction, vocal legato, singing, tone, vowel sound, pitch, dynamic constancy, diphthongization, phrase inflection

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .