Definition of vocalise in English:



  • 1A singing exercise using individual syllables or vowel sounds to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone.

    • ‘From another direction came the most exquisite vocalises; Paul was warming up.’
    • ‘You likely will be able to develop a comprehensive warm-up routine and work on various vocalises, études or vocal methods, called ‘vocal study.’’
    • ‘You will learn and memorize eight to ten songs of increasing difficulty per semester and possibly more, in addition to getting greater benefit out of your vocalises.’
    1. 1.1A vocal passage consisting of a melody without words.
      ‘the second movement is in the spirit of a vocalise’
      • ‘There are two vocal items, a wordless vocalise with flute and guitar and a trenchant, highly effective group of eight Haiku, a minute each.’
      • ‘Nielsen introduces two solo voices singing a wordless vocalise in the glorious slow movement.’
      • ‘Like most of Grainger's vocalises, the voice sings its own counter-tune, rather than double anything in the accompaniment.’
      • ‘The vocalise extends through all four sections, to be taken up by the entire Kremerata Baltica (with crunching organ chords!) in the finale.’
      • ‘Josh listened in awe as she sang the vocalise at the end.’