He was the greatest tenor of his day and probably of all time. Trained naturally in singing Neapolitan ballads, Enrico Caruso (1873–1921) achieved a vocal quality often described as "celestial" or "golden." His breath control was such that he could deliver the longest phrase without any suggestion of difficulty, while his superb enunciation and an intense quality of pathos in his voice enabled him to reach and affect audiences on the deepest level.
This historic volume, dedicated to the great tenor and published shortly after his death, explains clearly and scientifically how Caruso achieved his phenomenal voice production. Written by a noted laryngologist and student of voice who devoted much of his career to working with Caruso and other singers, the book proposes a method of voice culture based on well-defined physiological laws. According to Dr. Marafioti, these is only one right way to sing — a method based on the scientific principles of voice culture. Although Caruso instinctively sang that way, the methods can be learned by any singer.
Since singing, in essence, is merely speaking in musical rhythm, the first requirements for correct singing is a correctly produced speaking voice. This involves using the minimum tension of breath and vocal cords required for each tone; insuring that laryngeal sounds are transmitted to the mouth free of any interference; developing the quality of resonance, and so on. To help singers achieve these goals, the author prescribes exercises for correct voice production, vocal exercises to insure correct enunciation, methods to avoid (taking a breath before starting, singing double vowels, accentuating top tunes, etc.), and more.
Replete with practical instructions and advice for aspiring singers, this book is also a fascinating document of musical history — an intimate revelation of the natural gifts that underlay Caruso's artistry, his passionate dedication to his art, and the immortal legacy of song he left behind.
About the Author
A noted laryngologist and student of voice, Dr. P. Mario Marafioti devoted much of his career to working with Caruso and other singers. His method is based on the scientific principles of voice culture.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marafiotti spends too much time talking about what he thinks is wrong with how voice is taught, and not enough time giving solutions. There is only a small chapter on actual singing methods that he recommends.
Hello there!!!! I would like to share my thoughts about Mario Marafioti book and let me start with: I used to take voice lesson and spend a lot of money trying to learn how to sing. Most of the teacher thought me about breathing, diaphragm and so on. After a while of getting not where. I decided to stop taking lesson and spend more time studying what singing is about it. So I bought and read books like: Cornelious Reid, Lamperti, Orel Brown, 'How to sing', 'Training tenor voices'and so on, but not one of them told me something diferent, most of them talk about the same line, breathing, diaphragm and so on... So I decide to look for something diferent/simple, and that's how I bought Mario Marafioti book. It was the first time did not hear about breathing, diaphragm, support. Instead of it, I hear simplicity, easy and freedom and thoughts that made sense to me. Marafioti expalind so clearly the voice production and how to approach the voice development in a natural process. Now I understand that breathing is an important factor 'BUT NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT AS I THOUGHT BEFORE' as he said singing develops the breathing power not breathing singing - - - which means also, the minimun of energy for the maximum of efficiency-- This book thought me so much that I am so happy to have it. If you are interested in his teaching there is another book of him 'The New Vocal Art'. A warning thought: Marafioty books are simple writting, so commit yourself to study them and you will get the idea. Singing is......!!! There are different ways to get Rome. I had found mine hopefuly tou too.