Contrary motion


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Related to Contrary motion: contrapuntal, Oblique motion
(Mus.) the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.

See also: Contrary

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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England was alive, throbbing through all her estuaries, crying for joy through the mouths of all her gulls, and the north wind, with contrary motion, blew stronger against her rising seas.
The harmonies in classical music are more likely to be functional, more contrary motion is employed, and modulation is more common.
"It Sifts from Leaden Sieves," a haunting reflection on the mystery of wind and snow, features dueling arpeggios in contrary motion that perfectly embody the wind's relentless and untamable motion.
Reynolds refers to composition techniques of contrary motion and the concept of thematic dispersion, both evident in subsequent compositions of Schumann and Wagner.
The music is shown in the treble or the bass staff for one hand, but capable students could play hands together in parallel or in contrary motion. The C-major contrary motion scale and the D contrary motion chromatic scale are also included.
From this perspective, the real values dynamics, expressed through getting the human-social optimum in supply and demand arbitration, has two distinctive components, with contrary motion on contemporary market prices mechanism evolution (Ionescu, Popa, 2010):
The somewhat ridiculously massive ten-disc Glass Box catalogs his expansive and multifaceted requiems: Music With Changing Parts, Music in 12 Parts, Music in Contrary Motion, Einstein on the Beach,
And this is what perhaps makes it such the worthwhile read, regardless of whether one sees oneself as 'Hegelian'--or Not--where this latter too one suspects to be one of the seemingly weighty oppositions that would soon be jettisoned, and at the very edges-two of the sharp prods of the dialectic, walking us the plank and in contrary motion, out into the very depths of the whole that Hegel's thought-in-itself is as one of the more definitive ways unto.
Despite an off-West End budget, he has built a revolve into the stage floor, neatly underlining the contrary motion of the characters: Jamie sings of moving forward in his life as he walks against the direction of the revolve.
Nor is there anything contrary to them, on account of which they might perish, just as there is no contrary motion to their motion, which is that of a circuit.(50)