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  • Writer's pictureTim Braithwaite

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.

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