Contrary motion


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(Mus.) the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.

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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.
Reynolds refers to composition techniques of contrary motion and the concept of thematic dispersion, both evident in subsequent compositions of Schumann and Wagner.
The C-major contrary motion scale and the D contrary motion chromatic scale are also included.
As the vocal line carries the text in exquisite word stress, the piano continues its compressing contrary motion almost to the end.
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,
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.
The three motifs connected with Scottie are derived from the characteristic triplet figures in contrary motion that dominate the main title.
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.
At the beginning of the Almagest, Ptolemy reviews the nature of this universe from the point of view of a professional astronomer: The spherical earth is motionless at the center of the cosmos; it is immensely far from the sphere of the fixed stars, the outermost limit of the cosmos; there are two primary motions in the cosmos, the motion of the whole from east to west in the plane of the earth's equator, and the contrary motion of the seven celestial bodies (moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in order of increasing distance from the earth) from west to east in the plane of the ecliptic (the path of the sun).
He also mentions canon in contrary motion (`per arsin & thesin'), quoting an untitled and textiles example by Byrd.
One of the most striking features of fauxbourdon for performers and listeners alike is the beautiful disembodied sound of parallel motion, so different from all other music of the day, in which contrary motion reigns supreme (an effect eloquently attested by the recent Hungaroton recording of the complete Dufay hymns by Schola Hungarica).
At "Un vaste et tender apaisement" the piano uses contrary motion and some decorative ornamentation to convey the descending of the vast peace while the vocal line returns to the rhythmic shape of the beginning.