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VOCAL TECHNIQUE                       9
light and its shade. One does not for example pronounce the word del (heaven) as one pro­nounces the word herbe (grass). The words chaud and froid (hot and cold) have equal value of accent; also beau and laid (pretty and ugly), but the word nuage (cloud) is more ample, more majestic than the word pluie (rain). The word merveilleux (marvelous) is more accentuated than the word splendide (splendid).
If a skilled dramatic artist has to say: La neige couvrait la terre (Snow covered the earth) he will pronounce the word neige with a long accent: la nei-ge, as if, musically speaking, the value was a half note (une blanche) for the first syllable and a quarter note (une noire) for the second.
La neige couvrait la terre!
The word couvrait will be pronounced amply, largely; to the word terre will be given the same value of accent.
The artist who will pronounce the phrase u la neige couvrait la terre" dryly, without visual and intellectual coloring, in a word, without science, will be an inferior artist.
Therefore, as I said before, if you possess the

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