Many of the men were making low-toned noises with their mouths, and these subdued cheers, snarls, imprecations, prayers, made a wild, bar- baric song that went as an undercurrent of sound, strange and chantlike
with the resounding chords of the war march.
Gansel recognizes that the important things reside in the specifics: the varying names of children's toys in each Savoyard dialect; the rhythm and chantlike
sonorities of Vietnamese poetry; the weighted meaning behind the German word sensibel, which can mean both "fragile" and "sensitive.
2] in the voice sets up the contrast to the opening measure of "Dream Boogie: Variation," a tinkling ascending irregular scale pattern high on the keyboard over moving thirds in the left hand that leads to the chantlike
opening vocal line: "Tinkling treble,/ Rolling bass.
People who like classical poetry with its regular form and the way, chantlike
, it drills itself into your consciousness are regarded as anachronisms.
In the opening movement, following the opening chantlike
narration, the solo baritone voice performing the role of Christ sings a melodic inquiry, "Whom do you seek?
The echoic and trochaic dimeter "widow Dido" has a chantlike
effect on the ear, like the nonsense syllables of some songs, and as such it is apt for the magical, dreamlike island of The Tempest, as well as the mythical and tragic setting of Dido's abandonment by Aeneas.
And there were attempts to introduce into these larger works a simple, almost chantlike
type of song--a type through which the composer seemed to make possible active participation in the rite by everyone present, directly reinforcing community investment in its symbols, themes and ideology.
Eusebio Rodrigues's claim that Sammler's chantlike
repetition "calmly proclaims the psychic unity of mankind" (223) seems almost ironic, given the urgent, perhaps even frantic tone of the announcement.
In Obscenities Casey's narrator only once declaims the "obscenity" of war, in the last four chantlike
lines of "A Bummer": "If you have a farm in Vietnam/ And a house in hell/Sell the farm/And go home.