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Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing
Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing.

Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing


  • ISBN: 978-0-486-23140-2
  • Editorial: Dover Publications
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Formato: 14x21
  • Páginas: 71
  • Idiomas: Inglés
  • Tipo: LIBRO


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"Of the thousands of people who visit the opera during the season few outside of the small proportion of the initiated realize how much the performance of the singer is dependent on previous rehearsal, constant practice and watchfulness over the physical conditions that preserve that most precious of our assets, the voice."

So begins Enrico Caruso, whose lively discussion along with that of Luisa Tetrazzini, addresses the developing singer with advice, useful knowledge and encouragement in the art of singing. Both writers provide an informal vocalist's anatomy, with instructions for the proper training, care, and disposition of the tonghe, lungs, diaphragm, mouth and the voice itself. Tetrazzini deals with the foundations of singing in breath control; tone emission and attack; and, sending thw would-be performer to the mirror, facial expression and dress. Caruso remarks on tone production; such faults as the "white voice", "throaty voice", and "goat voice"; the necessity of good diction; and also diet and the part superstition plays in certain singers' performances.

These consummate artists show great charm and presence also as writers, and this little book is a pleasure to read. Voice students and all opera goers will find these nontechnical hints and instructions of two of the very greatest singers of all time certainly worth reading. Brief biographical sketches accompany the text.

Unaltered, unabridged republication of original 1909 edition.



The Art of Singing, by Luisa Tetrazzini
-Biographical sketch
-Breath control. The foundations of singing
-The mastery of the tongue
-Tone emission and attack
-Facial expression and mirror practice
-Appreciative attitude and critical attitude

The Art of Singing, by Enrico Caruso
-Biographical sketch
-From a personal viewpoint
-The voice and tone production
-Faults to be corrected
-Good diction, a requisite
-Pet superstitions of great singers

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