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n. pl. me·lis·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or me·lis·mas
A passage of multiple notes sung to one syllable of text, as in Gregorian chant.

[Greek, melody, from melizein, to sing, from melos, song.]

mel′is·mat′ic (mĕl′ĭz-măt′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -mata (-mətə) or -mas
(Music, other) music an expressive vocal phrase or passage consisting of several notes sung to one syllable
[C19: from Greek: melody]
melismatic adj


(mɪˈlɪz mə)

n., pl. -mas, -ma•ta (-mə tə)
a musical phrase of several notes sung to one syllable, as in plainsong.
[1605–15; < Greek mélisma song. See melody, -ism]
mel•is•mat•ic (ˌmɛl ɪzˈmæt ɪk) adj.
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It's one thing to be able to hit the right notes and sing all the right melisma and ad libs.
Postcard from Spain," a droll setting of a whimsical postcard text, is the first of the songs to present a more demanding vocal line, with a lovely melisma that leaps by an octave above the staff.
And as Jane, April Fredrick did more than display a perfectly-formed voice, fearless in melisma, bright at the top and reflective in descent, all the while acting with a genuine response to her character's development.
AUTUMN TALKS PROGRAMME THE IRISH VOLUNTEERS AND 1916: ORAL HISTORY ACCOUNTS OF LISBURN AND COUNTY ANTRIM Date: Tuesday 20th September 2016 Venue: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn MELISMA AT HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE Date: Saturday 24th September 2016 Time 7.
Clinical studies have shown that ascorbyl glucoside safely modulates common forms of hyper-pigmentation such as: age spots and difficult-to-treat melisma.
Our Dark Spot Reducing Serum lightens the density of dark spots, age spots, sunburn, uneven skin tone due to melisma or hyper-pigmentation and under-eye dark circles in less than three weeks.
254-55), uses typical Italian word painting of vole (flies) with a long melisma.
Her melisma over the final lyric, "Baalbek," captured the mood of the night: emotional yet haunting in its celebration.
MELISMA A Skin colouring B International signal C A melodic embellishment who am I?
You wonder why everybody is perfecting their melisma and starting perfume companies and whoring themselves out to corporations?
There is no escape from the melisma as Coldplay's Fix You and David Guetta's Titanium are turned into power ballads.
There is no escape from the melisma as Coldplay's delicate Fix You and David Guetta's dance hit Titanium are turned into power ballads.