yukari (sakai_yukari) wrote in 1word1day,


Melisma [mi-liz-muh]

Singing a single syllable while changing over notes in succession.


From the Hellenistic Greek melisma, 'song', 'air' or 'melody', which comes from the ancient Greek, melos, 'song', and isma, '-ism'.

Beyonce is well known for her use of melisma in her music.

Extra Information
A classic example of melisma is in the well-known carol Gloria. Mariah Carey is also known for her use of melisma. Some people find melisma to be indicative of a singer's ability while others find it detracts from a song.
Tags: greek, m, verb, wordsmith: sakai_yukari

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