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HOW TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE
What is meant by the "atmosphere" of a song?
It is not only the frame in which the action is supposed to be placed, because that very often is vague or without importance.
Do not believe it is the costume which creates atmosphere. A few months ago, I heard two singers singing some modern songs, wearing costumes of the Middle Ages. Nevertheless no atmosphere was created, and in honor of the public I must state that it was in no way duped by that costume trick.
What then will create atmosphere? It is style which will help you create atmosphere. The style! The most precious gift of all.
We shall take once more as an example La LSgende de Saint Nicolas.
I have shown you in the first chapter how the voice is to be treated in accordance with the text of the song. We have learned that colora-
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