Monthly Archives: June 2008

Filatura – A Reader’s Response

The following is a reaction to my post on filatura. Its author, a very experienced operaphile, wishes to be anonymous. NK Interesting essay on an arcane subject to be sure. The examples help immensely. I’m reminded by your essay and the examples given that filatura along with all the other vocal techniques remain secondary to…

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1.the act of forming into threads. 2.a reel for drawing off silk from cocoons. 3.the reeling of silk from cocoons. establishment for reeling silk. The above definitions are those for filature in English. In singing the the related word, filatura (literally spinning), refers to bringing a vocal line down to a wisp of a…

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Skeptical Science

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. Richard Feynman When I sit on a tropical beach I like to read a fat book. Therefore, while recently on vacation, I started a big book on the history of Western science. It’s a good popular account of…

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