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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 is not a quantitative or melismatic meter, with many subtactical levels, carefully measuring the voice.
he executed the melismatic triplets with smoothness and "The trumpet shall sound" was a mighty account, although there seemed to be plenty of vocal power in reserve.
Compounding this, melodies that are melismatic by nature are
Croft's melismatic music spiced with microtones, with Fraser vocalizing ancient Greek speech fragments, need an all-enveloping surroundsound layout, not the hall's limited PA system, to work effectively.
To discuss choral music of English Catholicism, he focuses on the melismatic writing of John Taverner (Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas) and the post-Reformation dedication to Latin sacred music of both Thomas Tallis (Audivi media node) and William Byrd (Gradualia, liber 1.
It continued with the "influx during the early French period of Wolof and Bambara people from the Senegal River in West Africa, whose melismatic singing and stringed instruments were crucial forerunners of blues and the banjo.
During this time, I added a melismatic vocalise that I like to use particularly with tenors and baritones on "oo" [u], modifying as needed into the upper voice.
She discusses the deliberate alternating juxtaposition of Dic, Christi veritas and Bulla fulminantes, and provides food for thought about a melismatic passage of neumes found uniquely in the source.
of melismatic Harmonics brothing in creamy Strings of chromatic melody.
Rayver's relative inexperience is apparent in 'Let It Loose,' however-not because he does badly in it, but because he sings the upbeat ditty with a superior vocalist: Kyla sings circles around him when she launches into her melismatic runs!
Vanwelden's melismatic (18) delivery of the end-stopped words