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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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78 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
beautiful or typical it may be, can hide your lack of plastic beauty. Your dress may be as ample as you can make it, but if your legs are clumsily posed, the attitude of your body will be ungraceful in spite of the magnificence of your costume.
It is not sufficient to have the face only, but one must have also the body of what one sings or plays.
Isadora Duncan, plastically speaking, is a sublime tragedienne or comedienne; Madame Sarah Bernhardt was a great dancer.
In my youth and later through all my life I have been not only an ardent admirer, but an enthusiastic observer of sculpture and paint­ing, and I am sure that this education has helped me very much to develop my plastic sense and to cast my body almost instinctively according to the style, the period, and the meaning of my song.
Just as you must be mentally or intellectually, you must be plastically, impregnated by your song; then your creation will appear instinctive instead of studied. Your art will become your nature because your nature is art.
Now I will give you one after another a few examples of my songs to illustrate the important r61e which the plastic part plays








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