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today's wwftd is... melismatic

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    the worthless word for the day is: melismatic [fr. Gk melisma, a song or tune] Music : relating to, or being a melisma; the style of singing several notes to
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2011
      the worthless word for the day is: melismatic

      [fr. Gk melisma, a song or tune]
      Music : relating to, or being a melisma; the style
      of singing several notes to one syllable of text
      (cf. Gregorian chant)

      "He opened his mouth and in a bass-baritone more
      leathery than velvety but nonetheless melismatic
      he boomed out the opening lines of 'Happy Days Are
      Here Again'."
      - Reginald Hill, op. cit.

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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