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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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HOW TO PENETRATE AND AMPLIFY TEXT 35
Nul ne m'a retrousse" mon voile. Ne songez qu'a mes oasis . . .
Si mon air vous dit quelque chose, Vous auriez tort de vous g^ner; Je ne la fais pas a la pose: Je suis La Femme ! on me connaft.
When you read attentively this wonderful poem, you will see clearly that the poetic theme is based on the thought expressed in the first four lines. It is the synthesis of the whole poem. In those first four lines the totality of the poem is condensed and, more than that, in them is expressed the mystery of the enigmatic femininity exposed in the poem.
Therefore I made out of these four lines my leitmotiv. They became my refrain, which I repeated after each verse. The refrain gave to the text a tremendous opportunity for the amplification of interpretation, amplification of plasticity, amplification of mimicry.
In cases where you choose your songs among poems written without music, you must your­self find the music suitable for your text, or it is really only you who must inspire the com­poser. You have to feel the rhythm, the color of the musical setting corresponding to each of your songs.








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