tremulant


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tremulant

(ˈtrɛmjʊlənt)
n
(Music, other) music
a. a device on an organ by which the wind stream is made to fluctuate in intensity producing a tremolo effect
b. a device on an electrophonic instrument designed to produce a similar effect
[C19: from Medieval Latin tremulāre to tremble]

trem•u•lant

(ˈtrɛm yə lənt)

adj.
trembling; tremulous.
[1830–40; < Medieval Latin tremulant-, s. of tremulāns, present participle of tremulāre to tremble; see -ant]
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tremulant

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Marked by or affected with tremors:
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Landels has specialized in investigating the aulos, and his presentation, which is clear and easily grasped, shows convincingly that the twin pipes, played by the same musician, were normally sounded in unison, using "a beating or tremulant effect" that "could be controlled by a skilful player, and [that] no doubt contributed to the mood or ethos of the music" (p.
42-59), in which the strings produced an effect described by Brossard, for example, as resembling an organ tremulant.
The fine Greg Harrold organ at Berkeley affords many registrational possibilities: particularly effective are the lugubrious 16' and 8' registration for Hezekiah's lament (a movement based on the Passion chorale); the affecting use of the tremulant when Hezekiah, restored to health momentarily remembers his former afflictions; and the appearance of the zimbelstern (not to mention the nightingale stop