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gét-and clung, with both her arms, about his neck. She had never murmured or complained; but with a quiet mind, and mánner quite unáltered,—save that she every day became more earnest and more grateful to them,—faded like the light upon the summer's evening."
1. The standard pitch' or 'key-note.' 2. The relative pitch' or 'melody.'
The middle pitch is the natural key-note for unemotional,' 'bold,' and 'noble' pieces. A higher pitch is the natural keynote for animated and joyous,' subdued or pathetic,' and 'impassioned' pieces. A lower pitch is required for grave' pieces.
The middle or conversational pitch must be used for all 'kinds' when pupils have not the requisite compass or cultiva tion of voice to read naturally on a higher or lower key.'
But appropriate variety of pitch on the successive words and syllables, is one of the most essential and beautiful parts of good reading. In perfect elocution, it adds to the eloquence of expressive emphasis, the musical charm of 'natural melody.'
Is produced in part by that agreeable modulation of all the elements of expression, which the varied sense and feeling demand, yet it chiefly depends on a pleasing variation of the radical or opening pitch, on successive syllables.
1. Not more than two or three consecutive syllables should be given on the same tone of the " musical scale." Natural melody demands that this frequent change of pitch on the unemphatic syllables shall be only one tone at a time.
The unemphatic syllables form a kind of flexible ladder connecting the emphatic ideas, up and down which we must glide tone by tone, so as to be in the right place to give the longer slides on the emphatic words without an unmelodious break in the natural current of the voice, which should flow on smoothly through all changes, (unless there is an abrupt break
in the ideas,) just as a good road runs on over ever-varying hills and vales without once losing its smooth continuity.
Melody demands that the pitch on consecutive emphatic words also be agreeably varied. Our limited space will not allow us to mark the many possible permutations of pitch, which may constitute natural melody. We will only repeat the important general directions. Avoid monotony, by giving at most only two or three consecutive syllables, on the same
Avoid making unnatural changes of pitch, of more than one tone at a time. Turn up the melody on the negative ideas, so that you will have room above the key-note, to slide down easily on the positive ideas.
The compass of voice which should be used also depends on the spirit' of the piece.
The most joyous' and most impassioned' demands the widest range of pitch, and the greatest natural variety.
The unemotional' demands only moderate compass.
' grave' demands still less variety and compass. And when the grave' deepens into supernatural awe or horror, by the same analogy, we may infer that natural variety or melody gives place to an unnatural sameness of utterance, with just that little variety of all the vocal elements which is necessary to express the sense at all.
Example for middle pitch' and 'moderate compass.'
"It is these which I love and venerate in England. I should feel ashamed of an enthusiasm for Italy and Greece, did I not also feel it for a land like this. In an American, it would seem to me degenerate and ungrateful, to hang with passion upon the traces of Homer and Virgil, and follow without emotion, the nearer and plainer footsteps of Shakspeare and Milton."
'Joyous' example for 'higher pitch' and 'wider compass.' "There was a sound of revelry by night,
And Belgium's capital had gathered then
Her beauty and her chivalry; and bright
The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men.
Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again,
Grave' example for lower pitch' and less than 'moderate compass.'
“And, — when I am forgotten, as I shall be,
And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention
Of me more must be heard of,
Thy God's, and truth's: then, if thou fall'st, O Cromwell!
Thou fall'st a blessed martyr!
• Full volume' is the most essential element in the truthful expression of noble' sentiment.
1. "MÌND is the NÒBLEST part of man; and of mind, VIRTUE is the NOBLEST distinction. HONEST MAN, in the ear of Wisdom, is a grander name, is a more high-sounding title, than peer of the realm, or prince of the blood. According to the eternal rules of celéstial precedency, in the immortal heraldry of Nature and of Heaven, VIRTUE takes place of all things. It is the nobility of ÀNGELS! It is the MAJESTY of GÒD!"
In addition to 'full volume,' noble' pieces demand slow time, or long quantity and pauses, long slides, and loud but smooth-swelling force on the emphatic words. Full rolume distinguishes manly sentiments from the thi. or fine tone of childlike emotions.
2. "But strew his ashes to the wind,
Whose sword or voice has served mankind.
To live in hearts we leave behind,
"Is 't death to fall for Freedom's right?
The sword he draws:
What can alone ennoble fight?
A noble cause!"
Stress is not the degree but the kind of emphatic force we The same degree of loudness may be given to a syllable abruptly and suddenly, as in sharp command, or smoothly and gradually, as in the noble examples given above. This sudden and harsh kind of force we will call abrupt stress;' the other smooth stress.'
Abrupt stress' should be given to all abrupt or harsh ideas, and pleasant or smooth stress' to all good or pleasant ideas.
Mere command is abrupt; indignation, anger, defiance, revenge, &c., are all abrupt in their very nature; and, there ore, must be read with the abrupt stress.'
1. Impatient command.
"Hènce! home you idle creatures, get you home.
You blocks, you STONES, you WÒRSE than sènseless things!
Run to your houses, fall upon your knèes,
Pray to the gods to intermit the PLAGUE
The force must be thrown with an abrupt jerk on the emphatic syllables.
2. Anger. (Loud as well as abrupt' force and long slides.')
"CASSIUS. That you have wronged me doth appear in this; You have condemned and noted Lucius Pella, For taking bribes here of the Sardians; Wherein, my letter, praying on his side, Because I knew the man, was slighted off.
BRUTUS. You wronged yourself to write in such a case. CAS. In such a time as this is it not meet That every nice offence should bear its comment? BRU. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm; To sell and mart your offices for gold
CAS. I an itching palm?
You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
BRU. The name of Cassius honors this corruption,
BRU. Remember March, the ides of March remember.