Comment: This excerpt shows how technique and music are intertwined. By working technically, the piece becomes not only easier for the singer, but is more musical. By not pushing on the low notes, the top notes are better.
Quote: That bodily functions are by nature rational is beyond dispute. Consequently, unless the procedures adopted during both the process of learning how to sing and while engaged in the art of singing succeed in making contact with that rationale, the development of technical skills and their artistic use will fail of their purpose. In the absence of a consonance between the nature inside ourselves and the nature outside ourselves, neither the development potential of the student nor a full release of an expressive potential will be possible. (Essays on the Nature of Singing)