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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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Instinctive, Artistic Singing

Instinctive, Artistic Singing

80 Instinctive, Artistic Singing
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the notion that singing is an instinctive and artistic endeavor that should not be influenced by factual information regarding the acoustics of the singing voice. Artistry and the instinct for singing are present in the performance of any fine singer, but the question is whether both can find ready expression when technical impediments remain. There is an argument against the use of available scientific information, presumably because it is irreconcilable with artistic, instinctive singing. The voice teacher, it is argued, should leave acoustics to the acoustician and questions regarding physiological function and health to scientists and doctors. This chapter argues that openness of mind to varying aesthetics of the singing voice should be promoted; that there simply is no one way to sing; and that artistry is not only instinctive, but also acquired.

Keywords:   singing, acoustics, singing voice, artistry, instinct, singer, aesthetics, scientific information

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