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The philosophy of the human voice : embracing its physiological history; together with a system of principles, by which criticism in the art of elocution may be rendered inteligible [i.e. intelligible], and instruction, definite and comprehensive to which is added a brief analysis of song and recita online

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Online LibraryJames RushThe philosophy of the human voice : embracing its physiological history; together with a system of principles, by which criticism in the art of elocution may be rendered inteligible [i.e. intelligible], and instruction, definite and comprehensive to which is added a brief analysis of song and recita → online text (page 59 of 59)
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the brazen-racket of a certain red-headed scene in Norma, as ' got up ' in our
Country.

It may be said, ' there is a style apropriate to the Church.' And so, it is
equaly -proper, that in every place music, in its parts, should be distinctly
heard ; its expresion unconfusedly felt ; and the drum of the ear not to be torn
by its unmerciful violence. But further, the critic tells us, this scene in
Norma presents the true vocal and military costume, and 'carroty-locks,' of
the time and place in which the action is laid. Be it so. Arc we therefore
in any way, to sacrifice taste to an outlandish costume in sight, or scent, or
sound? And because some shouting Celts, like beings of a Hoter clime,
'clashed on their sounding shields the din of war,' and are alowcd, 'highly
to rage, and hurl defiance ' against civilized ears, upon a modern Stage ; how
could we blame an Author who, in search of novelty, should locate his Opera
among a Horde of Tartars, and who, with reference to the dramatic costume,
and to the truth of his storj', should bring his Soprano, Tenoro and Bns.



Online LibraryJames RushThe philosophy of the human voice : embracing its physiological history; together with a system of principles, by which criticism in the art of elocution may be rendered inteligible [i.e. intelligible], and instruction, definite and comprehensive to which is added a brief analysis of song and recita → online text (page 59 of 59)