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VOCAL TECHNIQUE                    19
committed in the very room in which the Saint is seated. There must be anxiety in his voice.
Saint Nicholas
(Imperative voice, large, grave, severe, and accusing)
Du p'tit sale" je veux avoir \
Qu'il y a sept ans qu'est dans l'saloir !
(Voice exasperated by emotion in face of the accusa­tion of the Saint and his revelation of the crime)
Quand le boucher entendit ca, Hors de sa porte il s'enfuya !
Here the interpreter has a splendid opportun­ity of coloring. If he has a far-reaching voice, ringing out the vowel a in the word,
he may produce a long scream: which can be interpreted as a long scream of terror uttered by the butcher who sees himself discovered by the Saint. The interpreter has in that long scream an immense effect of colora­tion, visualizing the flight of the butcher out of his home.
It ought to be sung:
Quand le boucher entendit 9a,
Hors de sa porte il s'enfuya ... ah !

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