Saturday, April 05, 2014

Swoops, slurs and melisma -- especially in ballads and folk hymnody
Melisma (Greek: μέλισμα, melisma, song, air, melody; from μέλος, melos, song, melody), plural melismata, in music, is the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession. Music sung in this style is referred to as melismatic, as opposed to syllabic, in which each syllable of text is matched to a single note.

Some sound clips follow, in no particular developmental order.

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