Position and Action in Singing: A Study of the True Conditions of Tone; a Solution of Automatic (artistic) Breath Control

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Boston Music Company, 1897 - Singing - 217 pages
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Page 30 - Law — that is to say, no one Force — determines anything that we see happening or done around us. It is always the result of different and opposing Forces nicely balanced against each other. The least disturbance of the proportion in which any one of them is allowed to tell, produces a total change in the effect. The more we know of Nature, the more intricate do such combinations appear to be.
Page 31 - Philosophers and theologians have yet to learn that a physical fact is as sacred as a moral principle. Our own nature demands from us this double allegiance.
Page 34 - Nature, they will respond to the harmony and melody with all the vibratory power that God gave them, and how can the result be anything else than rest and refreshment, — unless having allowed them to vibrate in ' one direction too long, we have disobeyed a law in another way. Our bodies cannot by any possibility be free, so long as they are strained by our own personal effort. So long as our nervous force is misdirected in personal strain, we can no more give full and responsive attention to the...
Page 30 - The conclusion to be derived from these experiments is obvious. There is within the larynx a double valve which is capable of controlling both the exit and entrance of air. The plan found so commonly throughout the body in such structures, in the aortic and ileo-caecal orifices, and in the course of the veins, holds good here likewise.
Page 30 - The plan found so commonly throughout the body in such strictures, in the aortic and ileo-cKcal orifices, and in the course of the veins, holds good here likewise. In the upper half the resemblance is most obvious. Comparing it with the aortic valve we find the representatives of the sinuses of Valsalva in the well-marked ventricles of Morgagni, whilst the cusps are reproduced in the two folds of mucous membrane, whose free edges are known as the false cords.
Page 30 - This is but one instance out of a number which no man can count. So far as we know, no Law— that is, no elementary Force — of Nature is liable to change. But every Law of Nature is liable to counteraction ; and the rule is, that laws are habitually made to counteract each other in- precisely the manner and degree which some definite result requires.
Page 30 - ... length, and if the effort made be powerful the parts above are observed ' to arch or curve outwards without allowing the air to escape ' (Czermak). This swelling out of the mucous membrane at the upper part of the larynx can be due to nothing but the inflation of the ventricles of Morgagni beneath." " The physiology of these ventricles and of the superior ligaments of the larynx is thus after all so beautifully simple as to render it very surprising that their action was not long since recognised....
Page 88 - I am not a lawyer. I feel very confident that there are a lot of things Congress has not done that it could do in invading the field of what heretofore has been considered to be in the area of local government and a precedent were established. For example, there is no doubt at all that after our Territorial...
Page 87 - ... such as have been given, will perhaps suffice to help each individual to understand his own especial temptations in that direction, — and if I have made even partially clear the ease with which they may be relieved through careful physical training, it is all I can hope for. The body must be trained to obey the mind ; the mind must be trained to give the body commands worth obeying.
Page 9 - Nature was the great teacher and not man. Man, when he bases his teaching upon his own ideas of voice, is too artificial; hence, artificiality. Witness the many ridiculous things singers are (now) taught to do. With such the effort is to make the voice, to compel it, instead of allow it. Nature teaches differently. The voice is in Nature, and by a study of Nature and Nature's laws the voice is allowed to develop; is allowed or induced to reveal itself instead of being made, compelled or forced.3...

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