musical phrase

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Related to musical phrase: melodic phrase
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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
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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.
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.
I gave her a rule early on in our lessons: every musical phrase must be played with shaping.
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.
She had such difficulty technically that the musical phrase was hindered.
The 32-year-old singer, a child prodigy born to musician parents Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Chandana, could glide over all seven notes with ease and reproduce any musical phrase effortlessly even as a child.
As Stellaccio and curator Rebecca Cross describe, "Handle for the Axe is a musical phrase and the instrument is a black and white piano-like aesthetic of Formica and porcelain that is, appropriately and affectionately, reminiscent of sheet music.
Heron is as much a part of the ensemble as the two actors - igniting memories with a simple musical phrase and using her instrument to create sound effects.
The length of the phrases is usually quite consistent (for example, two--or four-bar phrases), and these phrases are often repeated (consider Eency Weency Spider, in which the initial musical phrase is either repeated or imitated for each of the following three phrases).