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OBSERVATlONS ON VOCAL GYMNASTTC$
ARTICULATION, MELODY, MODULATION, FORCE,
TIME, AND GESTURE,

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LONDON ;
SXMPKIN, LIARSHALL, HAMILTON, KENT 8: C0., Stationers‘ Hall Conn
MANCHESTER:
ABEL Hsywoon 8: SON, 56 and 58 Oldham Street.

1901.

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TO

I‘HE RIGHT REVEREND JAMES PRINCE LEE, D.D.,

LORD BISHOP OF MANCHESTER,

THIS WORK,

CONTAINING THE OUTLINES OF ELOCUTION,

IS

BY THE AUTHOR,

MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED;

WITH THE CONVICTION

THAT

A PRELATE SO EMINENTLY DISTINGUISHED

FOB

PROMOTING EDUCATION

WILL APPRECIATE HIS HUMBLE EFFORTS.

PREFACE.

11“ Is not necessarylthat a man'should be a stammerer,’ in order to be aware,\from personal experience, of his imperfection! in vocnl utterance ‘and speech.[ We are taught to read,|and Ito express ourselves lgrammaticallyIin conversation‘ but how few 'learnjsuitable intonation,‘ and a. fullkand distinct‘ utterance,’—by whichlspeech obtainslmnch of its warm,‘ and acquires oftenlall its influence) Graceful gesture in walking [and dancing andl in presenting one’s fielflin company,‘ are thought‘hy munylto e of paramount importance; and hence,|as a matter of course,' the majority’of young persons of both scxcs‘are placed under the directionrof a teacher of dancing.[ And yet,|after all,| what are the graces of manner/coinpared‘to the melody of the voice? and how imperfect'the address] of the otherwise accomplishedlgentleman|or lady’ without full/ and (uvrellilihdi'iisugpeechu Nature here,\as in all that concerns'either bodilyi or mental endowment] does,\it is true,\establish great difi'crences\amongs;t ludlVldllfll‘i.‘ One person has‘ naturally‘ a musical voice,\ as it is called ;\ another\a harsh pr somewhat dissonant one‘ but still, ducation possesses‘ we also know,\a great deal of plastic power‘ and in no case\is the influence of physical education‘more evidentlthan in the strength ‘which exercise gives\to the muscles in general,‘ and in the agility‘and grace‘which practice‘imparts to the movements of the limbs‘ as in the evolutions of the danceJ and on the tight rope \&c.( On the same principle*precisely,l without any charm,\magic,\or 1nystification,\can the muscles which,] by their successive \or alternate \and combinedlactiou,lgive rise to voiceland speech,\ be educated into strength \and measured land harmonious]

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