from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) That which serves only to fill up space; filling; padding: used specifically in literary and musical criticism.
And upon this depend entirely all the admirable observations he has there made, concerning the ill effects which a crowded harmony, and the 'remplissage' of chords, have upon musical expression.
With the exception of these, and a single duet, justice compels us to say that the rest was mere remplissage.
'Every one,' my dear fellow, is too much to say, for the world's full of the crudest remplissage. The book of life's padded, ah but padded--a deplorable want of editing!
‘Remplissage’ is French for ‘filling.’ It also refers to a medical procedure done to treat shoulder instability.