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1[mass noun] Lack of harmony among musical notes:‘an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles’[count noun] ‘a session full of jangling dissonances’
inharmoniousness, discordance, atonality, cacophonyView synonyms
- ‘Grainger also intensifies dissonance from the normal ‘melody’ instruments and draws an acidic sound from the winds, by emphasizing the double reeds.’
- ‘It's another example of how Ives associated dissonance and technical demands with masculinity, overcoming challenges, and prowess on the baseball field.’
- ‘Or to put it the other way around, an elaborate contrapuntal texture with emancipated dissonance is a perfect metaphor for the urgent but ineffectual efforts that Pierrot is making.’
- ‘This leaves the orchestra without a conductor, and a musical cacophony verging on dissonance.’
- ‘I really like watching his HK films with that dissonance in mind, looking for the different ways Chinese culture expects stories to be told.’
- ‘Horowitz disdained the expressive and formal role of dissonance in this music, and attenuated the pugnaciousness and philosophical implications that this repertoire must above all convey.’
- ‘The echoes that the harsh dissonance produced were cut short with the ongoing volume.’
- ‘The music's density is intriguing, its rhythmic energy is compelling, and its harmonic complexity and dissonance is unusual for Reich.’
- ‘Much of its punch derives from new-minted, surprising chord progressions and pungent dissonance, an idiom Barber carries to the end of the setting.’
- ‘Melancholic melody, harmony, subtle dissonance, throat vibrato and asymmetric rhythms make up their choral, ‘a cappella’ style.’
- ‘This study used mild emotional stimuli, those associated with people's reactions to musical consonance versus dissonance.’
- ‘Penrose's device offers a way for anyone to see the harmony and dissonance that musicians can readily hear.’
- ‘Tippett uses dissonance, but it sounds like music.’
- ‘Abandoning the preconceived notions of tonality, and immersed within a musical state of dissonance, Coltrane's music became a communicative attempt at reaching a higher plane.’
- ‘A polarity is a relation between two broadly contrasting dynamic musical tendencies - say, between consonance and dissonance or continuity and discontinuity.’
- ‘As well as being finely crafted there is a unifying mood that reaches a peak in an expressive pedal point, sustained dissonance in the horns with side drum interjections, preparing for a pensive conclusion.’
- ‘That is, the composer was liberated from the constraints of ‘voice leading rules’ whereby dissonance was subordinated to consonance in traditional harmony and counterpoint.’
- ‘Around the turn of the century, composers began to experiment with atonality, dissonance and primitive rhythms.’
- ‘Most of all, he shows a flair for matching the climaxes in the action with musical climaxes, using dissonance, the singer's virtuosity, or instrumental sonorities to create the sense of heightened emotion.’
- ‘Grimaud's ability to evoke both sensitive tonal shadings and clangorous dissonance made this movement an overwhelming experience.’
- ‘The first of these is the pedal, typically a sustaining or reiteration of a note in the bass while harmonies change above it, creating dissonance with the bass in the process.’
- 1.1 Lack of agreement or harmony between people or things:‘the party faithful might be willing to put up with such dissonance among their candidates’
incongruity, disparity, discrepancy, disagreement, tensionView synonyms
- ‘I regret that I have to strike a little note of dissonance in this otherwise unanimous debate.’
- ‘Does this dissonance between politicians and voters matter?’
- ‘His moments of desperate frustration lend realistic dissonance to their relationship.’
- ‘Yet it might end up in increasing political dissonance between continental Europe on one side and England and the US on the other.’
- ‘It is based upon the belief that conflict and social dissonance are a product of the dialectical interplay of unequal relations in any community based in a bureaucratic regime.’
- ‘I am the child of their ancestral dissonance with all its contrariness and overlappings.’
- ‘Morrison and MacLachlan play their dissonance not for guffaws but for rather rueful observational comedy.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin dissonantia, from Latin dissonant- disagreeing in sound, from the verb dissonare.
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