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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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Gorillas, Giraffes, Lions, and Gazelles

Gorillas, Giraffes, Lions, and Gazelles

76 Gorillas, Giraffes, Lions, and Gazelles
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how structural peculiarities contribute to the variety of vocal sounds that emanate from the larynx and compares those for humans to those for some animals such as gorillas, giraffes, lions, gazelles, and dogs. The graceful gazelle and the nearly voiceless giraffe seldom express themselves orally, whereas the gorilla can produce more than twenty kinds of vocalization, including whimpering, screaming, and roaring. Dogs exhibit different pitch ranges and vocal timbres. It would be preposterous to compare a singer to these animals, yet the long-necked soprano, the short-necked tenor, the thickly built baritone, the gangly bass, the robust mezzo, and the lithe, willowy male or female of slight physique all present diversities of the singing instrument. Good singing starts from the way in which the instrument is positioned.

Keywords:   vocal sound, larynx, animals, vocalization, singer, singing instrument, singing

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