melodic line


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Noun1.melodic line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequencemelodic line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
tucket, fanfare, flourish - (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"
glissando - a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
roulade - (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
leitmotif, leitmotiv - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
theme song - a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
signature tune, theme song, signature - a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
melodic theme, musical theme, theme, idea - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
part, voice - the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; "he tried to sing the tenor part"
musical phrase, phrase - a short musical passage
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Some pieces are four pages in length, including the opener, "Awesomeness," which extends beyond the five-finger pattern and includes a syncopated melodic line.
It anchored Berger's recent exploration of sonority in music that's familiar but also, itself, visionary: Bach's aching melodic line somehow never fails to sound anything but fresh and contemporary.
They were generally quiet and austere, perfectly exploiting the technique Cage developed for the work a collection of chords and a melodic line.
The Impresario," one of Mozart's greatest comic operas, is a melodic treat with graceful melodic line and colorful orchestration.
Hysteresis" pairs breakbeat-style drums with a fractured, slowly shifting melodic line.
Although tonal, this music is not easy to perform, with unusual and often unexpected directions to the melodic line.
are sung by the Prague Radio Choir with astonishing flexibility, high and pure sopranos and male vocals replete with emotions in deep tones accompanying the lead melodic line.
It's a voice that can switch from tremulous and wavering to the point where you believe his heart is about to break, to towering, soaring and monumental in one melodic line.
Then, at some point, the second voice started the same melodic line on a different note, producing even more special resonances.
Hence, in addition to the use of reciting tones, the main musical building blocks for a given chant, as discussed in this paper, are the "main" melodic motives that surround the reciting tone, and the special "ornamenting" motives (often in the form of melismas--a single syllable of text sung on several pitches) that enhance the overall melodic line.
With the eerie melodic line played on fiddle by Giddens, accompanied by the stomping and clapping of Robinson, and Flemons playing the clackers, they created an atmosphere which told the story of the music, and the people who had composed it.
The tubular cables recalled organ pipes, and the gallery was filled with appropriately mysterious music: a variation on the first three bars of John Cage's Cheap Imitation, the simple melodic line that the composer created in 1969 as a "cheap imitation" of Erik Satie's Socrate, for a dance piece by Merce Cunningham.