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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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HOW TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE          49
You have heard me sing the song, and you understand why, when singing, I smoke a cig­arette, and you understand why I have chosen as music for this song the air of a popular waltz, a favorite of cabarets and dancing halls.
I am giving the song half singing, half recit­ing. You are under the impression that you hear the strains of a gipsy band.
You have not only the atmosphere of the song. You have, I may say, almost the atmos­phere of the woman's soul pictured outwardly in every line, in every detail, by her lips keeping the cigarette, by her eyes, by her hands, by her arms . . . provocation . . . sensuality . . . perversity.








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