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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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MUSICAL RHYTHM
You cannot sing a song without rhythm.
Musical rhythm is a mechanical quality, which you can finally acquire through a suffi­cient training of your voice by the aid of a metronome.
Of course you are better off if you possess rhythm by instinct, by the grace of God, rather than by the grace of the metronome.
Even your speaking voice may then possess rhythm.
A song requires rhythm in the same degree as does a recitation, and therefore there should be no difficulty in keeping the rhythm in a song, where recitation and song occur together.
You will find, however, that very few inter­preters of songs are able to overcome this dif­ficulty. If they have to speak a few words within their singing text, they lose and cannot find again their rhythmic accent.
I have in my repertoire a song by Beranger,
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