The Spanish Language as a Conceptual and Corrective Tool in the Classical Vocal Technique



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A clear tone, vibrant and balanced chiaroscuro, and rich vocal timbre are desired qualities in classical singing. This project proposes that significant benefits in these qualities can be achieved when the Spanish language is used as a pedagogical tool. This means that an understanding of the syntax and phonemic articulation—the delivery of vowels, syllables, words and sentences—of the language can correct vocal faults and help the singer prepare, deliver and sustain longer segments of sound in the singing voice. A study was conducted to demonstrate these points. This study has three broad parts. The first part examines the scope and limitations of relevant literature on Spanish lyric diction and the Italian bel canto school of singing. The second part specifies how the sounds of the Spanish language can enhance singing technique, regardless of the poetic language. The third part studies how Spanish sounds can be a corrective tool in bel canto training. In conclusion, it is held that familiarization with exercises of Spanish phonemic awareness, practice in Spanish phrase articulation, and the singing of Spanish-language repertoire facilitate the mastery of clear tone and chiaroscuro balance in the classical singing voice.



Vocal technique, Voice performance, Vocal pedagogy, Voice science, Spanish language, Music, Singing, Classical, Chiaroscuro, Clear tone, Spanish repertoire