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HOW TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE 39
You hear them very often say: "The concert platform is not a stage. We want to hear singing but not to see acting."
If such is the case, it would be sufficient to have singers show the purity, the power, the flexibility or the justness of their voices by singing the scale or performing other vocal acrobatics.
To sing a song is to perform a vocal drama, where the vocal skill is not always of first importance. The interpreter has to create by his interpretative art the atmosphere, that means, he has to create for the listener imaginary scenery, costumes, the different acting personages, — in short he must materialize the text of the song.
You understand of course that it would be impossible to establish binding rules, com-mandements which you could learn by heart and which could teach you how to color your voice (of which we have spoken in a former chapter), or which will teach you how to create an atmosphere (of which this chapter treats).
There is however a principle to build upon. That is the full understanding of the text of the song, its intelligent penetration. The rest is a matter of training, and we train best by varying the example.