Mudcat Café message #654117 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44448   Message #654117
Posted By: M.Ted
20-Feb-02 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: Sound Of Pear-Shaped Tones
Subject: RE: Sound Of Pear-Shaped Tones
Once upon a time, diction was formally taught, and the excercises mentioned above for opera singers, as well as the terminology were used. Check "Singin' in the Rain" for a hilarious parody of the old time diction coaches. Also check "My Fair Lady" and the original, "Pygmallion"(with Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard) for other, amusing, diction lessons. They may even mention "Pear-shaped tones"--