Deciphering la drammatica

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Abstract

Combining metrical structure with gesture and expressiveness, the nineteenth-century Italian actors drew a distinguishedform of acting, to which they referred as la drammatica, that was based on a system of vocal modulation. La voce appositawas the predominant drammatica declamation symbol. It signalled an opening voice, or key-voice, which imposed gradesand intonations on emotions. The drammatica included four dominant types of voce apposita. The leading actor/actressof a company as well as actor-manager (capocomico) portrayed his/her roles and effected his/her acting fellows’ work.When properly applied, the four types of voce apposita produced a spontaneous and attractive recitation. Firstly, the paperwill explain how the author managed to decipher the neglected method of the drammatica; secondly, it will illustrate theapplication of la voce apposita as it emerges from the actors’ prompt-books.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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