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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 Technique of Marking

The Technique of Marking

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On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses markieren (marking), an international theater term for the technique of sparing the voice during rehearsal. During marking, volume is reduced, high pitches may be lowered an octave, and very low pitches raised an octave (a practice sometimes referred to as punktieren, or pointing). Marking should be limited to those periods of rehearsal when saving vocal energies for other tasks is of primary concern, or when the singer is not in good vocal or physical condition. It is a mistake to adopt marking as a standard rehearsal procedure. The problem of combining young voices and opera can partially be solved by judicious choice of title and by double-casting roles. Marking can help in managing problematic performance situations.

Keywords:   markieren, marking, theater, voice, rehearsal, singer, opera, performance

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