melismatics

melismatics

the practice of composing phrases of several notes to be sung on one syllable of text, as in plainsong.
See also: Songs and Singing
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The Gregorian chant was enchanting because it was monophonic (single-line melody), using pneumatics (one to four notes per syllable) or melismatics (unlimited notes per syllable).
Anyone who has ever heard the weepy warp and woof of George Jones or Merle Haggard, or the soaring melismatics of Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, or Martina McBride will find the "straight notes" comment bemusing;, anyone who has studied country music history will find the "white music" quote just plain troubling.