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Beautiful singing, beautiful song. A term covering the remarkable qualities of the great 18th‐cent. and early 19th‐cent. It. singers, and suggesting rather perf. in the lyrical style, in which tone is made to tell, than in the declamatory style. Vocal agility, beauty of tone, and legato phrasing, with faultless technique, were the prin. ingredients.

Subjects: Music.

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