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  • n. Plural form of consonance.


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  • At times he directs the massed musicians in violent stabs of sound, at others he brings out startlingly lovely dissonances and consonances that are rather like finding a Bird in Igor's yard.

    Passing Down the Piano Torch Song

  • The octave being always divided into five tones and two limmas [diatonic semitones]; by increasing the tones equally … the difference between the major and minor limma will be contracted to nothing, which … annihilates all the false consonances.

    Why are minor keys in music sad?

  • By adding that depth, the cross-section even adds the detail of the fingernail that is completely absent in the first representation ... just as additional meanings are generated by selecting words with specific connotations and acoustic consonances in place of words which simply carry out a basic denotative function.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • From this point on all poets have this experience the sounds of the poem, the assonances and consonances, the rhythms, images dissolving into each other, carried the poem forward.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • The clavichord, meanwhile, represented an updated version of the monochord,225 reflecting innovations in the compositional methods of counterpoint and musical notation that enabled a player to intone the "perfect consonances" of multiple voices simultaneously.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The counterpoint of the discantus and tenor is generally smooth, with dissonances for the most part carefully handled; imperfect consonances and conjunct motion predominate.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Follow together with ténor up and down in imperfect and perfect consonances of the same kind.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • If ténor remains on the same note, you can add both perfect and imperfect consonances.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • So, when a chord is struck, a skilful ear may distinguish one or many series of consonances, of which the number is as yet imperfectly known.

    Sing for your supper

  • It certainly must be a remarkably elevated art when a pile of consonances are thrown together any which way.

    These kids today


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