Definition of Musical phrase

1. Noun. A short musical passage.

Exact synonyms: Phrase
Group relationships: Air, Line, Melodic Line, Melodic Phrase, Melody, Strain, Tune
Generic synonyms: Musical Passage, Passage
Specialized synonyms: Ligature, Ostinato
Derivative terms: Phrasal



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Musical Phrase

musical instrument
musical instrument digital interface
musical instruments
musical interval
musical intervals
musical mode
musical murmur
musical notation
musical note
musical octave
musical organisation
musical organization
musical perception
musical performance
musical phrase (current term)
musical rhythm
musical saw
musical saws
musical scale
musical scales
musical score
musical soiree
musical style
musical theater
musical theme
musical time
musical time signature
musicale
musicales

Literary usage of Musical phrase

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1. The Musical World (1857)
"(This distinction between the Phrase of Music and those of Poetry being owing to the fact that the musical phrase is unrestricted by the necessity that ..."

2. Hints on Singing by Manuel Garcia (1894)
"Q. What is a musical phrase ? A. In rhythmical music, four bars (less commonly three, and more rarely still two) constitute a musical phrase. ..."

3. The Early Education of Children by Laura L. Plaisted (1918)
"Elements of Musical Knowledge taught through the Song or simple musical phrase. Just as we follow the line of the child's interests in the early reading ..."

4. The True Method of Tone Production: A New and Complete Course of Voice Training by John Andrew Broekhoven (1908)
"For a musical phrase may begin on any beat or division of a measure, and the breathing place must conform to the musical phrase. In many vocal compositions ..."

5. Music (1899)
"The musical phrase evolved from the song—a suggestion of the song in simple ... The musical phrase leading up to a comprehension of the song's elements. ..."

6. Studies of the Eighteenth Century in Italy by Vernon Lee (1908)
"It is upon the character of this musical phrase that depends the character of the piece, sonata, symphony, aria, call it whatever you like, just as it is on ..."

7. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1873)
"The pitch and compass of the то!се having thus been attended to, musical phrase« of easy rhythmical structure are next taught in double and in triple time, ..."

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