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HOW TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE 37
tion of the voice is one means of creating atmosphere.
Now you will see how you can define your atmosphere further by style, by the diverse movements given according to the text. By movement, however, is not meant the rhythm. By movement we mean the different expressions of the plastic.
The principal personage in the song, he who gives it its title, is Saint Nicholas. He has the most theatrical part in the little play; in fact, the song is a little drama treating an episode in the Saint's life.
When we spoke of the coloration of voice, we described St. Nicholas, so to say, vocally and rhythmically.
We must establish now the atmosphere of his personality.
When you sing:
Saint Nicolas alia s'asseoir Dessus les bords de ce saloir
you have to show by way of plastic movements the great dignity of the Saint. You cannot imagine him hustling around, but you will have him walk majestically, rhythmically, like the supernatural human being he really is.