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  • n. Alternative spelling of part song.


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  • But, descrying traces of unmuddled harmony in a part-song one day, he gave his two under cellarmen faint hopes of getting on towards something in course of time.

    No Thoroughfare

  • A part-song was in progress, performed by a bass, a tenor, and a boy soprano.


  • The music which it played differed in no essential respect from that intended for singing; indeed the part-song was often arranged without alteration for instruments, and so instrumental technique grew out of vocal technique, but -- and this is important -- retaining important rhythmic characteristics from the dance.

    Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde"; an essay on the Wagnerian drama

  • The competition consisted in the singing; of a compulsory glee, chosen by the authorities some months in advance, and a voluntary part-song selected by the competing choir.

    Spirit and Music

  • At the time of which we speak there were five competing houses in a school of some two hundred boys, and this means that in the school there were five complete four-part choirs capable of singing an unaccompanied part-song.

    Spirit and Music

  • They put the lights out then, and the concert began with a part-song by the choir.

    The Saltmarsh Murders

  • A _part-song_ is a composition for two or more voices, (usually four) to be sung a capella.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • "Now is the Month of Maying" is an example of the _part-song_, as is also Sullivan's "O Hush Thee, My Baby."

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • The term _part-song_ is often loosely applied to glees, madrigals, etc. CHAPTER XVII

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • They were listening to a Mexican part-song; the tenor, then the soprano, then both together; the barytone joins them, rages, is extinguished; the tenor expires in sobs, and the soprano finishes alone.

    The song of the lark


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