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With Passionate Voice


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Introduction An Age of Rhetorical Persuasion Part 1 Preparing the Text Words Appropriately Fitted to the Notes Part 2 Elocutio : Fine Words and Music Every Trope, Every Figure Part 3 Pronunciatio: Singing Eloquently and Acting Aptly 1. The Art of Vocal Delivery All the Senses Satisfied Accent and Emphasis Pronouncing Distinctly Figures and Passionate Ornaments Made Manifest 2. A Garden of Embellishment Divisions Graces Part Songs 3. Action Part 4 Passionate Ayres Pronounced 1. The Prosopopoeia in England John Dowland,

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Robert Toft has pursued a career as a vocal coach, accompanist, and researcher. He has published five books on the performance practices of singing between the 16th and 19th centuries and has given master classes, workshops, and lectures on historically-informed performance in Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and the USA. He is Professor of Music at Western University in London, Canada.


"With Passionate Voice distills the knowledge and sensitivity of an exemplary teacher...Toft's conclusions are detailed, intuitive, beautiful, and thoroughly supported by evidence...An inspiring treasure for performers and scholars, this is a stunning book."--N. L. Gilbert, The Webb Schools

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