Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In musical notation, a sweeping curve over or under notes that are to be performed connectedly and as forming a single phrase.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • The tendency seems at present to be in the direction of using the slur (_in instrumental music_) as a phrase-mark exclusively, it being understood that unless there is some direction to the contrary, the tones are to be performed in a connected manner.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • B. _As a phrase-mark_, in the interpretation of which the first tone of the phrase is often accented slightly, and the last one shortened in value.

    Music Notation and Terminology

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.