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Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in The Voice Box | 1 comment

Musical Term of the Week

by Melissa Wimbish

It’s probably about time to take down those Christmas ornaments if you haven’t done so already, but don’t fret! There are plenty of vocal ornaments to keep you busy until next year! Here’s one to get you started…

Port de voix – In Baroque vocal and instrumental music, an appoggiatura, particularly one that resolves upwards. Both the appoggiatura and its resolution were often repeated, and so the ornament was frequently interpreted as an apoggiatura followed by a mordent; In modern French usage the term means the same as portamento. (Definition provided by: The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians)

For some visual examples, check out the following link: http://music.case.edu/~rwd/empp/Recorded_examples/Bar.Orn/PdVoix.html

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1 Comment

  1. What a great commentary. ( wish i could really understand it!)

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