As was Pierrot Lunaire itself, Rosina drawing out the latent lyricism lurking beneath much of this cycle's expressionistic context, Gabriel's sprechstimme
unafraid to flower into melody where appropriate.
Serra's seraph in white toga who declaims her lines about the son of God in an expressionless sprechstimme
would not be out of place in the duo's mythological landscapes.
The uses of glissando and Sprechstimme
, and a static piano accompaniment, are very effective in "Sleep, mourner, sleep.
The dearth of identifiable motives precludes a sense of large-scale development, but, in what is perhaps Wuorinen's most satisfying approach to characterization, Ennis moves from Sprechstimme
to something approaching lyricism over the course of the opera.
Wuorinen uses a declamatory vocal style throughout, a cross between recitative and lyricism, similar to Sprechstimme
, that allows for clear diction and comprehension.
Duthoit makes the late Sprechstimme
queen Cathy Berberian and the present-day avant-garde vocalist Donatienne Michel-Dansac seem tame by comparison.
Vocal lines move in and out of melody much more abruptly than operatic recitative--they're neither Wagnerian swellings into aria nor Schoenbergian sprechstimme
but something stranger and freer than either and encompassing both.
What was missing now with his sprechstimme
, his oration.
Peter Murphy's singing was dramatic and theatrical, employing an unpredictable variety of styles for each verse, from declamatory Sprechstimme
to an ominous monotone, to frantic shrieking.
he unable, at such a separation, (spoken, but with to envision any shape to our approximate pitch.
When it ended, he filled in more details while "singing" much of the movement, using the most unusual and humorous Sprechstimme
one could possibly imagine (except for the sports celebrities who try to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Chicago's Wrigley Field).
His nasal Sprechstimme
may be the most instantly identifiable sound on the planet; his songs teasingly allude to his biography while aspiring to the condition of poetry.