musical phrase

Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to musical phrase: melodic phrase
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musical phrase - a short musical passage
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
ligature - (music) a group of notes connected by a slur
ostinato - a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
References in classic literature ?
When she had finished her first exercise she stood still in the middle of the room and sang a musical phrase that particularly pleased her.
Through the closed doors came the sounds of the discreet staccato accompaniment of the orchestra, and a single female voice rendering distinctly a musical phrase.
It befell, however, that Miss Dora Finch, sitting near Newman in the box, discoursed brilliantly, not only during the entr'actes, but during many of the finest portions of the performance, so that Newman had really come away with an irritated sense that Madame Alboni had a thin, shrill voice, and that her musical phrase was much garnished with a laugh of the giggling order.
Feeling the connection over the barlines to each new bass note creates a cohesive musical phrase.
He is grateful to every coach who has patiently corrected or helped him understand his music better--"from every double consonant to every musical phrase, coaches are the unsung heroes of our industry and we can never thank them enough.
Most country songwriters, when they're stuck for a line, find their mind reaching for just the right word or the right musical phrase.
The songs are designed to be looped; they begin and end with the same musical phrase.
Tan says that the elongation of her limbs often requires a lengthened musical phrase.
Children's voices have an extra purity and strength; the innocence with which they sing often complex sentiments in the music can give a musical phrase extra meaning.
In Zimbabwe, kutsinhira means "to follow one who has cut a path, tilled the soil, put forth a musical phrase.
A lifetime''s association with these great Baroque operas - for that is what they are, rather than straight-laced oratorios - means a thorough knowledge of every musical phrase and nuance of text, whether in German, or, as would have been preferable in this Holy Week devotional rendering, in English.
The set of five adjectives--"strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable"--forms a single musical phrase, starting low, rising to "enduring," then settling down again at "capable.