Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:08:03 -0800 (PST): "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by email@example.com Post by Peter T. Daniels
EVERYONE does it. At least, everyone who's had a modicum of voice training.
I.e. perhaps 35 of the general population?
No, surely more than that. Let's try 3%.
What percent of commercially successful pop stars?
is an Hungarian record I discovered and liked very much in the 1970,
and I still like it as much. Sung by trained opera-like singers.
Because I still don't understand Hungarian, I cannot check all the
vowels (although often, the lyrics can easily be found on the web).
But at least all the titles are sung as written. No opening of close
vowel in 'sight' anywhere at all.
Éva, szívem, Éva
(it means: Eva, my heart, Eva; nice title because our first
granddaughter has that name).
Those quite high vowel é and í are not lowered at all, although one
can hear how close they are (both close, and in a different sense:
close to each other; haha), which explains some of my hearing
difficulties with "Szív küldi szívnek".
Also note the frequently occurring words "rózsa" (rose) and "rózsám"
(my rose, also my darling). That ó is also quite high, but never
lowered in these songs, even though it could, without becoming
incomprensible: a lowered ó would result in a lengthened version of
the short vowel a (half open rounded back), which is not the sound of
á (central unrounded open long) and does not otherwise occur in
So PTD's theory of opening vowels for better singability does not
apply here, if anywhere.
Ruud Harmsen, http://rudhar.com