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VIII. RECAPITULATION OF PITCH. 1, Very low is the pitch of awe, of reverence, of solemnity, of melancholy, horror, and despair.
2. Low is the pitch of serious, grave, solemn, and impressive thoughts and feelings.
3. Middle is the pitch of ordinary conversation, and of unimpassioned narrative, descriptive, or didactic composition.
4. High pitch is the pitch of courage, boldness, exultation, wonder, and anger, and of shouting or calling.
5. Very high is the pitch of rapturous emotion, of uncontrollable passion, of terror, and pain.
QUALITY OF VOICE.
INTRODUCTORY. 1. Quality of voice relates to the kind of tone used in reading or speaking in order to express varied thoughts and emotions.
2. The ever-varying intonations of a rich and cultivated voice constitute one of the greatest charms of a good reader or speaker.
3. “In poetical and impassioned language," says Prof. Russell, “tones are often the most prominent and the most important qualities of voice; and to give these with propriety, force, and vividness, is the chief excellence of good reading or recitation.
4. “The language of prose, being generally less imaginative and exciting, does not require the extent and power of tone used in poetry. But as true feeling is, in both cases, the same in kind, though not in degree, and as no sentiment can be uttered naturally without the tone of its appropriate emotion, and no thought, indeed, can arise in the mind without a degree of emotion, a great importance is attached, even in the reading or speaking of prose composition, to those qualities of voice comprehended under the name of tones.
5. “ Without these, utterance would degenerate into a merely mechanical process of articulation. It is these that give impulse and vitality to thought, and wbich constitute the chief instruments of eloquence.”
KINDS OF TONE. The different qualities of tone may be classed as follows: 1. Pure tone.
4. The Guttural. 2. The Orotund.
5. The Falsetto. 3. The Aspirated.
6. The Semitone. Of these divisions, the pure tone and the orotund are the most important, because they are most used in reading
FAULTS IN QUALITY. 1. Perhaps the most common fault in school reading consists in using one uniform tone for all kinds of selections.
2. This hard, thin, high, grating quality is appropriately termed the “school tone.”
3. The faulty habits of pupils in this respect are best corrected by requiring pupils to repeat in concert, after the teacher, short extracts which include great variations of quality. Many timid pupils are, at first, frightened at the sound of their own voices in any other tone than the conventional school tone.
4. Another fault is the tendency to the nasal tone. This high, thin, sharp, disagreeable tone is produced by forcing the breath into the nose before it leaves the mouth, and this fault in reading is the result of not opening the mouth sufficiently in reading. It may be broken up by persistent drill on the open vowel sounds, and by exercises that keep the voice down to a low pitch,
I. PURE TONE. 1. Pure tone, or head tone, is a clear, sinooth sound, so formed as to have a slight resonance in the head or through the nasal passages. A good illustration of this quality is afforded by giving the sound of oo as in mớon,
prolonged for ten seconds, in a thin, clear, gentle vocal sound, on a moderately high pitch.
2. Pure tone is used in all quiet, gentle, subdued forms of utterance; in the expression of pathos and tenderness; in ordinary conversation; in unimpassioned reading; and in the prolonged tones of shouting or calling, when the voice, raised to a high pitch, flows in a thin, clear, penetrating volume.
3. “The production of pure and full tone,” says Prof. William Russell, “is the common ground on which elocution and vocal music unite, in elementary discipline. Both arts demand attention to appropriate healthful attitude, and to free, expansive, energetic action in the organs.
4. “Both require erect posture, free opening of the chest, full and regular breathing, power of producing and sustaining any degree of volume of voice, and, along with these, the habit of vivid, distinct articulation.
5. “Both equally forbid that imperfect and laborious breathing which mars the voice, exhausts the organs, and produces disease. Both tend to secure that healthy vigor of organ which makes vocal exercise, at once, a source of pleasure and a source of health.”
1. Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures,
While the landscape round it measures. 2. O that this lovely vale were mine! 3. O then I see Queen Mab hath been with you ! 4. Rejoice, ye men of Angiers ; ring your bélls;
Open your gates to give the victors way. 5. Joy! joy forever! my task is done! 6. Ring, joyous chords! ring out again! 7. Hear the sledges with the bells-silver bells !
8. Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
9. Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability
10. Has there any old fellow got mixed with the boys ? 11. Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
12. BUGLE SONG.
O hark, O hear! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther going;
The horns of Elf-land faintly blowing !
How they tinkle, tinkle, tiukle,
In the icy air of night!
With a crystalline delight;
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells;
SONG ON MAY MORNING,
14. Now the bright morning Star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her