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84 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
You might consider it perhaps an exaggera­tion or a pedantry to ask a singer to practice gymnastics for her appearance on the stage. But believe me, your audience will appreciate the difference between your gesture of picking flowers in plastic beauty and the gesture of a peasant woman digging out her potatoes.
I would like to illustrate another plastic attitude in another song which we will discuss later, Le Cycle du Vin. You remember in one verse I indicate that the glass containing the wine is brought to the mouth and that I am drinking the wine.
De verre en bouche La voila la jolie bouche Bouchi, bouchons, bouchons le vin La voila, la jolie bouche au vin.
The following is an illustration of the atti­tude of the body when singing this verse (7). You see the strong, almost straight line from the chin to the toe of the outstretched foot, while the hand on the hip supports the weight of the body. This song is almost a continuous pantomime, a march, incessant and varied, a march to be danced.
The plastic attitude of the body is most harmonious and impresses you as beautiful.








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