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melodic phrase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n melodic phrase a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
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Usage

In literature:

Later the skipping phrase gains a melodic cadence.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
Another useful exercise at this stage is to let the children add a second part, either above or below a given melodic phrase.
"Music As A Language" by Ethel Home
I have given the forms of most of the old dances, and also the elements of melodic structure (motive, phrase, etc.).
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
Their simplest ideas, such as the names of the most familiar objects, are expressed by brief melodic phrases, uttered by one mouth alone.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
In addition to the melodic phrases the pupil should be able to see the metrical divisions which underlie the form of the piece.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
It is a free melodic phrase in Oriental bravura, gently ending in a free cadenza.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Whether it be long or short, a simple theme or a melodic phrase, melody should always stand out in relief from the accompaniment.
"Principles of Orchestration" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Elsa sings forth her joy and gratitude in melodic phrases which would need no words.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
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In science:

There are also the cadence and the climax. A cadence is a melodic or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of repose or resolution such as a final ending to a musical section, and a climax is the most intense and emotional part of a phrase (though not necessarily the highest or the loudest tone).
Music in Terms of Science
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