Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the act, theory, or result of singing in harmony—that is, with two or more independent parts or voices; choral singing: opposed to solo-singing. Technically the term is usually restricted to unaccompanied singing, and frequently to singing by male voices only.
- n. singing with three or more voice parts
“In a few more generations, all churches will have converted to praise bands, and no one will know what part-singing is anymore except those who get together to sing Beethoven 9 every now and then.”
“It began with the transition from the Continental counterpoint of the 14th century under the influence of English composers – an influence manifested above all in the preference for third and sixths in parallel motion probably a resut of improvised part-singing against a plainsong hymn, and for counterpoint containing very few dissonances.”
“A mysterious bosom it appeared, upon a damp, dark, Sunday night, dashed through in the train to the music of the whirling wheels, the panting of the engine, and the part-singing of hundreds of third-class excursionists, whose vocal efforts”
“Elizabethan London was a musical city, and part-singing was cultivated beneath the rooftree of every well-to-do burgher.”
“In play-hours, nothing seemed thought of but part-singing, and suddenly the propriety of giving a grand public concert was started; and after a serious debate,”
“This practice continued from the time part-singing begins in the music course, compels the boys to use the thick register.”
“How low in pitch the lower part may with safety be carried depends partly upon the age of the pupils; but until the chest-voice begins to develop at puberty, all part-singing must be sung very lightly as to the lower part or voice.”
“One thing at a time is enough to attempt in music, and while a change in the use of the voice is being sought, it may happen that sacrifices must be made in other directions; part-singing, until the voices become equalized, that is, of”
“After the use of the thin voice has become firmly established, part-singing may be resumed.”
“After that we had some part-singing of good old glees, like "The Chough and Crow," "Here in cool Grot," and the ever-beautiful "Dawn of Day.”
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