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melisma


Many have heard an example of melisma in the Christmas Carol, Gloria. The "o" in gloria is sung in a melismatic manner.
  the musical technique of changing the note (pitch) of a single syllable of a song while it is being sung
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  • Many have heard an example of melisma in the Christmas Carol, Gloria. The "o" in gloria is sung in a melismatic manner.
  • "Melisma," Owen said after a moment, "is innovative and textured."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • They’re called Melisma," he yelled back as there was a boom of bass, loud enough to shake my seat.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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Associated words [difficulty]:   melisma [9] , staccato [3] , forte [7] , syncopation [7]
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