Colley Cibber on a Singer’s Timing (1740)
‘The Voice of a Singer is not more strictly ty’d to Time and Tune, than that of an Actor in Theatrical Elocution: The least Syllable too long, or too slightly dwelt upon in a Period, depreciates it to nothing; which very Syllable, if rightly touch’d, shall, like the heightening Stroke of Light from a Master’s Pencil, give Life and Spirit to the whole.’
Colley Cibber. An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber (London: John Watts, 1740).
The painting below is Jean Raoux’s ‘The Duet’, formerly known as ‘The Singing Lesson’ painted between c.1716-1734.