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chironomy

(kaɪˈrɒnəmɪ)
n
(Theatre) the craft or artistry of moving the hands by following a standard or formula in relation to theatrical, oratory, or musical performance
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chironomy, cheironomy

1. the science of gesture.
2. the art of conducting singers of Gregorian chant through hand gestures to mark the rise or fall of the melody. — chironomic, cheironomic, adj.
See also: Gesture
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After a time, that rudimentary development was succeeded by modern Gregorian notation characterized by a four-line staff with single and clustered shaped notes that appropriated to themselves the already existing term neumes, even though they were a far remove from the first incarnation of marks that were a kind of derivative from grammatical diacritical symbols and chorus leaders' chironomy (hand gestures to indicate visibly various kinds of change in the melodic line).
The chief concern of the editor of this translation is the reconstruction of ancient chironomy (cf his afterword, pp.