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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 10 to 25, 2012

Oh, Ann Patchett how you broke my heart at the end of Bel Canto. I should have remembered that the meaning of Bel Canto in Italian is "beautiful Singing," but has many other definitions. Some of which describe how the book progressed:

*an impeccable legato production throughout the singer's (seamless)
range

*the use of a light tone in the higher registers

*an agile, flexible technique capable of dispatching ornate
embellishments

*the ability to execute fast, accurate divisions

*the avoidance of aspirates and eschewing a loose vibrato

*a pleasing, well-focused timbre

*a clean attack

*limpid diction

*graceful phrasing rooted in a complete mastery of breath control.

So why was I surprised? Read it for yourself. Such a wonderful and humanistic book.
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Jill This is one of my all-time favorite books!


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