No one has sung more than I. It is true that in my time music was not taught as scientifically as to-day. We sang with the means with which nature had endowed us, without troubling ourselves whether we breathed with the ribs or the diaphragm.
And it is a singular thing that, in spite of our profound ignorance of the art of breathing, and of many other things, we sang well and for a long with our poor natural voices. Since then scientists have set themselves to fatigue voices, and we hear speak only of ruined singers and lost voices.
Louis Antoine Ponchard (1787-1866)