spiritus asper


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spiritus asper

(ˈæspə)
n
(Phonetics & Phonology) another term for rough breathing
[Latin: rough breath]
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The well-known fact that for beginners the production of a note is easier with the help of the spiritus asper (h) than without, has induced many masters to prescribe this aspiration (that is, a slight escape of air between each note) even for legato passages, and to teach a style of vocalization resembling solfeggio.
The martellato is produced by a movement of the diaphragm for each note, without discontinuing the sound; the aspirated vocalization, on the contrary, by the expulsion of a small particle of air, the vocal chink being momentarily opened to an infinitesimal extent, so as to allow the non-sounding air to pass; in a word, by a short h, the well-known spiritus asper, which forms the required attack for a new note, and necessitates a short interruption.
14: The spiritus asper is missing in 'anhu 'with him'.