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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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HOW TO PENETRATE AND AMPLIFY THE
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What is the text of a song to an artist? Just a little thread, a guide helping you to understand the ideas, the thought of a poem, of a song. It is not from the written words that the meaning of a song is derived, but it is the thought that inspires the words of a verse. The words are nothing but an accessory.
When I began my career as a singer, I gave nearly all the subjects I wished to sing to my authors. I even often roughly wrote the verses and they worked on my schedule.
Starting on the principle that the singer must be the creator of his song, the artist must deeply penetrate the idea of the author. That which is written helps to read that which is not written, and of what is not written you must make your piece de resistance in the inter­pretation. The discovery of it will of course show your talent. But if you have no talent, why sing) songs? In French songs we have
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