neume definition

  • noun:
    • an indicator found in the notation of plainsong through the old, surviving today in transcriptions of Gregorian chants.
    • an indicator found in very early music notation
    • Modulation of the vocals in performing.
    • In music:
    • an indication or personality used in very early medieval music to indicate a tone or a phrase.
    • A melodic expression or unit, sung to a single syllable, especially at the end of a clause or phrase; a sequence.

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