melisma


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me·lis·ma

 (mə-lĭz′mə)
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.

melisma

(mɪˈlɪzmə)
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

me•lis•ma

(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.
Translations
Melisma
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Il maestro di capella , Monteverdi; voices declaim Magnificat exalted by melisma, every word ringed round with echoes that counterpoint his sturdy text, 'My soul doth magnify the Lord.