Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small variety of pipe-organ, invented by J. A. Stein in 1770, which was intended to be set upon a harpsichord or similar instrument so that a melody could be played upon it while the accompaniment was played upon the harpsichord. Its compass was about 3 1/2 octaves. The tone produced was flute-like in quality, and crescendo and diminuendo effects were produced by simply altering the pressure of the fingers.
- n. A free-reed keyboard wind instrument.
“A pensive Milton Bradley explains to Seattle beat writers why the melodica is his least favorite instrument, even if they do teach kids music on it in Norway.”
“And, finally, 19-year-old Casey Abrams can play the melodica.”
“A reverberant melodica opens to a stable kick drum, the Balkan effect softer, more Black Ark-ish.”
“It took him a lifetime (67 last week) to fully alchemize the two idioms—bebop and island music (reggae, calypso, mento)—and it requires a full cast of three drummers, assorted bassists and guitarists and even a second keyboard, plus Mr. Alexander doubling on melodica.”
“Menacing clouds of reverberating discord give way to toy piano chimes synchronized with chirping melodica, booming bass drum, and mournfully wheezing harmonium, all oddly juxtaposed with Steinke's warm guitar melodies.”
“Mr. Batiste made an unexpected entrance at about 10:30 p.m., striding in from the back of Dizzy's, leading his sextet to the stage as he chanted and played the melodica, a mouth-blown, hand-held mini-keyboard.”
“Bay area DJ Cheb i Sabbah spits out a bhangra banger on "Son of Shiva," and the Bhakti Brothers â¯ Giacomini and Robin Livingston â¯ re-dub five tracks, including a melodica-drenched rendition of "Om Namah Shivaya.”
“Bay area DJ Cheb i Sabbah spits out a bhangra banger on "Son of Shiva," and the Bhakti Brothers ⎯ Giacomini and Robin Livingston ⎯ re-dub five tracks, including a melodica-drenched rendition of "Om Namah Shivaya.”
“Playing "Sheik of Araby," the band now includes Adrian Cunningham, possibly the only young saxophonist with a sound reminiscent of Eddie Miller, and a second keyboardist, Allison Leyton-Brown, playing melodica.”
“Or he would sip pink wine on the porch and doodle with his melodica - which sounded dirty but wasn't.”
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