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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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THE SCIENCE OF TEMPO IN DECLAMATION
The diction of a dramatic or lyric artist is perfect, if he or she adds to a clear enunciation the great science of tempo.
Without tempo the declamation will have no style, no color.
A poem, a song will be a monotonous string of meaningless words.
What means taking tempo ?
It means giving light and shade to the phrase of the author by pauses of short or longer dura­tion.
Even a perfect enunciation or a most artistic coloration of the voice cannot make up for lack of tempo.
The words of the text form the material of the thought, the tempo indicates its structure.
By the tempo you intensify the thought; it is as if it ripens during your interpretation.
Before giving a few examples to illustrate the importance of tempo in diction, I would
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