musical phrase

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Noun1.musical phrase - a short musical passage
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
ligature - (music) a group of notes connected by a slur
ostinato - a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
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When she had finished her first exercise she stood still in the middle of the room and sang a musical phrase that particularly pleased her.
Through the closed doors came the sounds of the discreet staccato accompaniment of the orchestra, and a single female voice rendering distinctly a musical phrase. The door opened to let the box-opener slip through, and the phrase drawing to the end reached Vronsky's hearing clearly.
It befell, however, that Miss Dora Finch, sitting near Newman in the box, discoursed brilliantly, not only during the entr'actes, but during many of the finest portions of the performance, so that Newman had really come away with an irritated sense that Madame Alboni had a thin, shrill voice, and that her musical phrase was much garnished with a laugh of the giggling order.
As an actress, she made every musical phrase stretch and yearn.
When I tell my students to use more air, some literally put more air through the mouthpiece and play louder, some take this as a directive to aim their air towards a target, and others take this to mean make a musical phrase.
"Condancing" through the overall harmonic rhythm intuitively reveals the hypermetric groupings where each measure can serve as a "beat." Feeling the connection over the barlines to each new bass note creates a cohesive musical phrase.
He is grateful to every coach who has patiently corrected or helped him understand his music better--"from every double consonant to every musical phrase, coaches are the unsung heroes of our industry and we can never thank them enough." He is also indebted to people who have been honest with him.
To me, a lot of the contrast between these approaches is shown at the end of a musical phrase: where Sharp would use a fermata, or nothing at all, assuming his musically literate readers would understand what was required (if only to draw breath), Grainger would attempt to measure that pause and then try and shoehorn the effect into conventional staff notation.
Most country songwriters, when they're stuck for a line, find their mind reaching for just the right word or the right musical phrase. Not Putman.
The songs are designed to be looped; they begin and end with the same musical phrase. One of the songs is a live and contains a vocal portion, and the remaining sixteen tracks are instrumental for maximum flexibility in placement in your video or session.
Tan says that the elongation of her limbs often requires a lengthened musical phrase. "I need a little more time to get ready for a preparation than another dancer who is more compact," she says.
Children's voices have an extra purity and strength; the innocence with which they sing often complex sentiments in the music can give a musical phrase extra meaning.