French Diction for Singers and Speakers

French Diction for Singers and Speakers
by William Harkness Arnold

Preface excerpt:

The study of French diction may be undertaken by anyone who desires to sing in French, or to understand French when sung or spoken; or as a preparation for the study of the French language at school or college.

Many singers, while realizing the importance, both artistic and financial, of good diction in French, have hesitated to sing French songs except in translation. It was quite natural to suppose that the study of French diction would be as difficult as that of English diction; but such is not the fact.

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