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PHILOSOPHY THE HUMAN VOICE. SECTION I. Of the general Divisions of
Vocal Sound: with a more particular aaount of its Pitch. All the
constituents of the human voice, may be refered to the five
folowing modes: VOCAHLITY, FORCE, TIME, ABRUPTNESS, PITCH. The
detail of these five modes, and of the multiplied combination of
their several forms, degrees, and varieties, includes the
enumeration of all the Articulating and the Expresive powers of
speech. The extension of knowledge calls for an aditional
nomenclature; and new facts and principles on the subject of the
voice, will require new terms for the description and arangement of
them. It is therefore proper to show, how far comon nomenclature
fulfils the purpose of explanation and division; and to provide the
means by which an obvious deficiency may be suplied. The terms by
which Vocality or the Kind of voice is distin- guished, arej rough,
smooth, harsh, full, thin, musical, and some others of the same
metaphorical character. They are suficiently numerous; and as
descriptive as posible, without reference to ex- . amplar sounds.
Vocalists have proposed to distinguish the singing voice, by its
resemblance to the sound of the reed, the string, and the
musical-glass. The sub-animals aford analogies to the diferent
vocalities in the human voice. For the specifications of Force, we
use the wordsj strong, weak, loud, forcible, and feeble. These are
indefinite in their indication, and without a fixed measure in
degree. Music has more orderly and numerously distinguished the
varieties of force, by its series of terms from Pianisimo to
Fortisimo. I shall, in its proper place, make some new distinctions
in the maner of employing this mode. Time, in speaking, is denoted
by the termsj long, shor...
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