French Musical Diction
AN ORTHOLOGIC METHOD FOR ACQUIRING A
PERFECT PRONUNCIATION IN THE
SPEAKING AND ESPECIALLY IN
THE SINGING OF THE
by C. Thurwanger
The author of this publication was the Officier D’Academie; Instructor in French Language and Diction at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MASS. who wrote it with a view to aiding English Speakers in correct pronunciation when singing or speaking in French.
THE author s object in writing this book is: First, to show the student the necessity of a perfect diction, especially in singing. Second, to prove to him that the correct pronunciation of a foreign language, especially French, can be easily acquired and mastered by any serious and attentive student, and that such an acquisition is the best and greatest help to perfect singing. Third, to do away with many misleading statements long existent in books written by very learned teachers of French syntax, who are not, however, sufficiently competent hi matters of acoustics, phonetics, and especially of the art of singing, and even of elocution.
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