1[mass noun] The use of the voice or vocal organs in speech:‘his composition uses many types of vocalism from humming and whistling to invented languages’
- 1.1 The skill or art of exercising the voice in singing:‘jazz vocalism has been a strong influence on popular singing’[count noun] ‘his trademark vocalisms have helped set the standard for hard rock as we know it’
- ‘Here was more gorgeous vocalism - the icing on the musical cake.’
- ‘The glorious vocalism of Maria Guleghina and Kate Aldrich made this presentation an evening to remember!’
- ‘Brendel, on the other hand, presented the piano parts in his customary bleak way, clothing the songs in an expressive straitjacket completely at odds with Goerne's fluid vocalism.’
- ‘Wixell's Count is another fine piece of vocalism and acting; like the Countess, we forgive him at the end because of his charm, and because we feel that he has grown wiser through this day of madness.’
- ‘And in the duets, Rutter and Gavin were glorious; faced with such wonderful vocalism we could not help but be carried away and forget the work's rather dodgy dramaturgy.’
- ‘Again, Corelli's vocalism is certainly up to snuff, although ‘Di quella pira’ is so abbreviated as to be almost senseless.’
- ‘Röschmann's imposing yet sensitive vocalism and sheer stamina are a triumph.’
- ‘Adriana is no match for her hauteur and ruthlessness, and, with her solid vocalism, she is the center of attention every time that she is on stage.’
- ‘Clare Lesser responds with some stunning vocalism whilst keeping a clear, expressive purity of tone, though I still felt that she could have had more feel for the words.’
- ‘Probably due to his reliance on the score, much of his vocalism lacked emotional or expressive nuance.’
- 1.1 The skill or art of exercising the voice in singing:
A vowel sound or articulation.
- ‘But of course, linguists will note, the vocalism is different here: bock does not rhyme with buck.’
- 2.1 A system of vowels used in a given language.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.