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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a modulation or a bravura ornament or flourish.


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  • The transition between the deeper, more powerful notes of the "chest voice" (a.k.a. chest register) and the higher, more breathy "head voice" (head register). Some singing styles--e.g., bel canto, focus on smoothing out this transition. Others--e.g., yodeling-- emphasize it.

    February 3, 2008