melisma definition

  • noun:
    • A passage of a few records sung to one syllable of text, as in Gregorian chant.
    • A passage of a few notes sung to 1 syllable of text, as with Gregorian chant.
    • some melody; a song or tune, -- in place of recitative or music declamation.
    • A grace or decoration.
    • In songs: A song, melody, or atmosphere, as contrasted with a recitative or declamatory passageway.
    • A melodic decoration, elegance, fioritura, or roulade.
    • A cadenza.

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