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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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The Incorrupt Jaw and Tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua

The Incorrupt Jaw and Tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua

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(p.269) 87 The Incorrupt Jaw and Tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua
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On the Art of Singing
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Richard Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0087

This chapter focuses on the “incorrupt jaw and tongue” of St. Anthony of Padua, known for his legendary ability to use vocal timbres and histrionics in preaching. Thousands of devout pilgrims come to visit the ornate shrine of St. Anthony in the Italian city of Padua. Several parts of his vocal mechanism, which functioned so mellifluously 750 years ago, have become objects of religious veneration in the cathedral at Padua. The saint's “incorrupt” tongue has endured not only physically but spiritually, and the thoughts expressed by that ancient vocal instrument continue to speak to us today, in part because of the “golden delivery” that came from efficient physiologic and acoustic use of his vocal tract. One doesn't have to be a believer to recognize that ideas conveyed through specific vocal timbres evoke strong emotional and spiritual responses.

Keywords:   jaw, tongue, St. Anthony of Padua, vocal timbre, vocal instrument, vocal tract

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