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Obvious printer's errors have been corrected. Hyphenation and accentuation have been made consistent. All other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been retained.

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VOCAL EXPRESSION

A Class Book of Voice Training and Interpretation

by

KATHERINE JEWELL EVERTS

Author of "The Speaking Voice"

Harper & Brothers New York and London MCMXI

BOOKS BY

KATHERINE JEWEL EVERTS

VOCAL EXPRESSION net $1.00

THE SPEAKING VOICE. Post 8vo net 1.00

HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY HARPER & BROTHERS

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER, 1911

PLAN OF THE BOOK

TO THE PUPIL

INTRODUCTION

PART I

STUDIES IN VOCAL INTERPRETATION

PRELIMINARY STUDY: To Establish a Conscious Purpose.

DISCUSSION: The Relation of the Speaker to His Audience.

MATERIAL: Direct Appeal in Prose and Verse, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

FIRST STUDY: To Establish Vitality in Thinking.

DISCUSSION: Action of the Mind in Reading Aloud.

MATERIAL: The Essay and Didactic Poetry, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

SECOND STUDY: To Establish Intelligence in Feeling.

DISCUSSION: Emotional Response and Abandon.

MATERIAL: Lyric Poetry, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

THIRD STUDY: To Develop the Whimsical Sense.

DISCUSSION: Humor and Fancy.

MATERIAL: Fairy Story, Fable, and Nonsense Rhyme, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

FOURTH STUDY: To Develop Imaginative Vigor.

DISCUSSION: The Picture, the Atmosphere, the Action.

MATERIAL: Short Story and Epic Poetry, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

FIFTH STUDY: To Develop Dramatic Instinct.

DISCUSSION: Impersonation and Characterization.

MATERIAL: Monologue and Play, with Suggestive Analysis.

SELECTIONS FOR INTERPRETATION.

PART II

STUDIES IN VOCAL EXPRESSION

INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION: The Vocal Vocabulary.

STUDY IN PAUSE AND CHANGE OF PITCH.

STUDY IN INFLECTION.

STUDY IN TONE COLOR.

PART III

STUDIES IN VOCAL TECHNIQUE

INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION: Tuning the Instrument.

HOW TO SUPPORT THE TONE. Directions and Exercises.

HOW TO FREE THE TONE. Directions and Exercises.

HOW TO RE ENFORCE THE TONE. Directions and Exercises.

TO THE PUPIL

Let me trace the evolution which has led to the plan of this text book. A class in elocution of which you are a member is given a paragraph from Modern Eloquence , a bit from an oration or address of Beecher or Phillips or Beveridge, to study. The passage appeals to you. You are roused by it to an eager, new appreciation of courage, conservatism or of the character of some national hero. You "look" your interest. You are asked to go to the platform. You are glad. You want to repeat the inspired word of the prophet. You begin confidently to voice the words of the great orator the words which you had lifted alive from the page but in your voice they sound now formal, cold, lifeless. You hesitate, your emotion is killed, your thought inhibited, your eagerness gone, your impulse dead but you have made a discovery. You have become conscious of a great need, and your teacher, if she be wise, has discovered the nature of that need. You consult together and find three things have failed you, and, through you, the orator you wished to interpret. These things are your mind, your vocabulary, and your voice. You find that your need is threefold it is the need to feel intelligently and to think vitally on your feet ; the need to acquire a vocal vocabulary; the need to train your instruments of expression voice and body... Continue reading book >>




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