Modern musicians; a book for players, singers and listeners

9781231317433: Modern musicians; a book for players, singers and listeners
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 Excerpt: He is, it may be noted, a keen cricketer, a good rider, and a keen golfer. It is a belief held by a great many people that only those can sing who possess a throat and vocal organs suitable for voice production. Clara Butt does not agree with this at all. "My view," she says, "is that if you are meant to be a singer you will be a singer." This view she illustrates from her own experience. When she was studying at the R.C.M. she was constantly being urged to have her tonsils cut. For a long time she held out against it, but at last consented. However, when she was actually seated in the operating chair, the doctor asked her to sing the vowel "e" on a high note. She did, and he remarked upon the way her tonsils contracted as she sang. All at once, she recalled the case of a girl she knew who had lost the ability to sing in tune after her tonsils had been cut. This decided her in an instant: it might be the same in her own case. "I refused to let the operation be performed," she writes, "and from that day to this have never allowed my throat to be tampered with surgically in any way. Yet I have had every sort of a throat that a singer would wish to avoid without my voice being affected in the least. I started life, almost, with diphtheria, have suffered from adenoids, and have experienced several attacks of quinsy. Among myself and my three sisters, all of us being singers, my throat is the worst of the lot and not in the least like a singer's throat. The sister whose voice most nearly resembles mine is the one whose throat is most like mine, and the sister who has a throat and vocal organs which are ideal from an anatomical point of view possesses a soprano voice which, though particularly sweet, is not stro...

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