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A Virga standing alone and a little apart from a group which follows, is to be doubled in length.
After any neum attached to a syllable which immediately precedes another syllable of the same word, no disjunctive pause should ever be made by the taking of a fresh breath, lest the word be incongru­ously broken. This is known as the (jolden Rule.
Care should be taken not to sing the descending notes of a Climacus more quickly than other notes.
Attention should be paid to shades of expression; it is not human to sing a piece through at an uniform loudness. Conse­quently it is important to understand the meaning of the text, for the melody is meant to be so united to the words as to give them theiry«//expression.
Hence, the general rule that the singing of the chbant (as also the so-called "recita-
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