Prima la Parola - In praise of Speaking Harmony
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Prima la Parola – In praise of Speaking Harmony
Under this title, misquoting Salieri and stealing a phrase from Dowland, Emma aims to celebrate the power and joy of song lyric. Poems in Tudor England were often published as “Songs”, and “lyric” means “apt for the lyre”. Though the human voice was dutifully admired as the perfect instrument because it was entrusted with the words, it was the alchemical blend of a voice with an instrument that had, as Dowland said, “higher authority and power”.