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Music in the making. Produced by Milliken university under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcasters. The Milliken School of Music presents concert soloist Hubert Norval chairman of the voice department in the recorded consideration of singing as an art professor Norval singing as a musical expression of the voice. It is the art of combining human speech in a way to produce tones with purity and on a definite intended pitch. Singing in a sense is basically a prolonged speech. It differs However from the speaking for ease as there is a definite prolonged pitch given on one note or in the case of a song a series of notes each with an established pitch and time value. In order to acquire the art of good singing one must have a clear perception of the correlation of the muscular action that takes place when one produces a good
tone. One must have patience and then only through hard work and diligence. The art of singing becomes a musical expression of every emotion suggested by a mental thought and imagination. An ideal voice is one that is even throughout from the top to the bottom of a scale of voice that is able to combine the chest the pharynx mouth throat nose and head resonances. When these are in perfect balance one is able to produce an even and perfect scale of consecutive tones. We are all born more or less with the desire to express ourselves through song. The vocal organs in each normal person are as a rule normally fitted to produce a musical sound. But some are born and blessed with a greater musical sense and producing a beautiful tone. However each person desiring to follow singing as a career must work hard to cultivate the required technique to produce a well rounded
tone. Unfortunately in singing one main problem lies in the oversight of the fact that we possess no means to communicate our vocal sensation. Not only are we aren't able to describe accurately the sensations accompanying the emission of a sound but we have no generally acceptable terminology to it is that designed to describe all the properties of a sound produced by our human voice. A good singing teacher will direct a voice in the correct channels by guiding the student to feel the true sensation of a well-produced tone. As we all know there is no muscular action which is not preceded by thought of one kind or another. In singing during the process of acquiring the true sensation the mind is at work recording muscular reactions which take place in order to produce the correct tone. A singer must practice acquiring a great deal of self discipline until he reaches the state when he has attained perfection and ability to concentrate.
Just as there are different people in the world there are different voices and temperaments. I shall show examples of the difference of women's voices. They are all classed as Sopranos but have a different range qualities. The first is a metal soprano singing Pauline's aria from again. You're
going. Now we will hear a dramatic soprano singing a holler from
Tommy. You're.
Doing. This third soprano singing. You're.
Getting going. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. And now we show here a color to our soprano singing vocally.
Professor Hubert Norval has brought you a record in consideration of singing as an
art. Music in the making was produced by Milliken university under a grant from the Educational Television Radio Center. This program was distributed by the National Association of educational broadcasters. This is the end E.B. Radio Network.
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Music in the making
Singing as an art
Producing Organization
Millikin University
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
Hubert Norville discusses the art of singing, from its physical aspects to its technical ones.
Series Description
Instructional comments and musical illustrations using faculty and students from the Millikin University School of Music. The first thirteen programs in the series focus upon historical aspects of music. The second half of the series explores music's technical side.
Broadcast Date
Singing--Physiological aspects.
Media type
Producing Organization: Millikin University
Speaker: Norville, Hubert, 1905-1986
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 56-8-21 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:25
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