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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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Allami and Louca weave an intricate tapestry of melody, along with Abu Ghazaleh's buzuq, which, in the absence of traditional Western chords, serves as the counterpoint to the melismatic vocal lines and dictates the dynamic viscosity of the music from moment to moment.
All four voice parts were excellent; the altos sang with a rich, dark, velvet sound; tenors and basses sang confidently and tossed off melismatic passages with ease.
As if trying to exchange the duration and stress character of the two languages, the more naturally flowing, melismatic Greek bass occasionally persuades the almost automaton language of the English soprano to its side (and, less frequently, vice versa).
99 dollars in the Apple App Store, is an app that includes annoying alerts, from wailing sirens to melismatic disco diva, to help users keep tasks at the top of their minds.
The very fine tenor was Ben Johnson, who opened the performance with a beautifully rhetorical "Comfort ye" recitative before displaying exceptional clarity, even during the melismatic passages, on "Every valley".
Mezzo Juliette Pochin made the 'Laudamus te' into something of a melismatic showpiece, and the 'Domine Deus' duet benefited from the contrast between her warm resonance and Lucy Bowen's piping brittleness.
They position the form in relation to intersecting and related genres, and review some of the key poetic features often found, like parallelism, and some of the key sonic features as well, like sustained vocables or phrase final formula syllables with melismatic trailing.
The character of Madeleine in Usher is close to that of Melisande, and both reflect Debussy's penchant for fragile Pre-Raphaelite beauties for whom he conceived similarly sparse melismatic lines.
The guitar could provide harmonic support, rhythmic propulsion, and enough sustain to draw out the long melismatic lines of African-American field hollers.
If Siddons were an American Idol contestant," she explains, "you might say she seized every melismatic opportunity to take a note and corkscrew up and down the scale in the manner of Mariah Carey" (67).
Also important are the contour (or shape) of the melodic phrases, the rhythm in the motives and phrases, and the kind of vocal production and the technical singing style (whether syllabic, melismatic, responsorial, and so on).
I wonder what a virgin listener, who had never heard recordings of Scottish Traveller singers, would make of these mostly slow-paced, meditative performances, rich in porramento and melismatic phrasing.