Definition of melismatic in US English:



  • See melisma

    • ‘Bach writes the subject in one huge, melismatic (many notes per syllable) arc, and you're not supposed to break the line by gulping in air.’
    • ‘The swooping and soaring melody, very Eastern in its melismatic cut, is punctuated and embellished by the other three string instruments and by the piano.’
    • ‘The initial phrase seems influenced by Greek melismatic singing with a wonderful wide vibrato on ‘you ‘and ‘much’.’
    • ‘The musical style of these songs varies from simple, syllabic melodies to elaborately flowing compositions modelled on melismatic plainchant.’
    • ‘There is an element of improvisation in this music, melodic decoration, what we call melismatic playing, but the actual tune and structure and rhythm for each tune remains absolutely the same.’