from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
- adj. Being at variance; disagreeing.
- adj. Music Constituting or producing a dissonance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to dissonance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious.
- adj. Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Discordant in sound; harsh; jarring; inharmonious; unpleasant to the ear: as, dissonant tones or intervals.
- Discordant in general; disagreeing; incongruous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not in accord
- adj. lacking in harmony
- adj. characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved
Not doing well results in dissonant silence or an intentionally dissonant interruption.
This is a fairly transparent way of rejecting experimental music -- just as many others reject experimental fiction or poetry because it's also "dissonant" -- and Pitt does a good job of diagnosing its flaws.
Thus, any music that doesn't manifest a recognizable emotion (by implication at least, all of "dissonant" modernist music) couldn't be music.
Pelham made demands to use a kind of dissonant but yet confluent music that I wanted to write in my ear by itself but not lead me to it, so by employing those techniques, the problem got solved and I'm very proud of it.
It's asinine that The New York Times describes Esther as "dissonant," negatively, as if in sympathy with those critizing the decision to stage the work.
It will probably be a dissonant chord to help you see that it is the cacophony, the crack between the major expectations, where the light of n|om jazz shines its ray.
That of being a voice out of the choir, a dissonant voice playing a false note in the dominant discourse recited by the ruling power.
The eulogies, of course, were given against a surreal backdrop painted with dissonant colors, the darkness of our grief contrasting wildly with the vivid and bright hues that defined Jeff's life and personality.
An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound.
Jazz fans may have interpreted the remark to mean that he was returning to the lush orchestrations of his "Africa Brass" large-ensemble work, rather than forging ahead into far more dissonant territory.