from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of speaking that approximates sony,—is characterized, that is, by fuller resonance, longer quantities, more continuity of tone, and more definite modulations of pitch than are usual in ordinary speech.


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  • Both roles featured the swooping phrases and extreme leaps characteristic of both Chinese opera and the 20th-century song-speech technique of Sprechstimme, emphasizing the nonhuman essence of these characters without resorting to caricature.

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  • Nor knit were the brows of Gunnar, nor his song-speech overworn;

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  • When we read rejoicingly the true song-speech of one of our singing brethren, we hold song-worship with him and with all who have thus at any time shared in his feelings, even if he have passed centuries ago into the “high countries” of song.

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  • The cooking-fire of Sigurd, and sent their song-speech out:

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

  • Then deep is that song-speech laden with the deeds that draw anigh,

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  • This "free atonal" technique - developed in various genres: chamber pieces, songs, stage works - culminating in his most famous work, "Pierrot Lunaire", for "song-speech" and 5 instruments (Op. 21) - won him adherents as well as much criticism.

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  • When these creatures—meneidon I supposed, in their true forms—when they spoke, their words too were patterned with scales, and their song-speech coiled about me, and I was caressed by meanings I couldn’t comprehend.


  • The throng fell back a little and two figures, apparently male and female, came to Zaidie and held out their right hands and began addressing her in perfectly harmonised song, which, though utterly unintelligible to her in the sense of speech, expressed sentiments which could not possibly be mistaken, as there was a faint suggestion of the old English song running through the little song-speech that they made, and both Zaidie and her husband rightly concluded that it was intended to convey a welcome to the strangers from beyond the cloud-veil.

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