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glossary detail

Linear prosody

In which the meaning of the lyric matches "meaning" of the music; broken linear prosody is when lyric's meaning is broken by pauses or elongations in the music. (See prosody; linear prosody refers to horizontal, forward motion created either by the lyric or the music)

 

An example of broken linear prosody:

SHE HELD UP THE BABY.  IT SMELLED

(music plays a little underscoring)

THE ROSES.

 

An example of beautiful linear prosody (Now from A Little Night Music):

Now as the sweet imbecilities tumble so lavishly onto her lap
Now there are two possibilities: A) I could ravish her; B) I could nap.

Linear prosody – an explanation
Linear prosody

In which the meaning of the lyric matches "meaning" of the music; broken linear prosody is when lyric's meaning is broken by pauses or elongations in the music. (See prosody; linear prosody refers to horizontal, forward motion created either by the lyric or the music)

 

An example of broken linear prosody:

SHE HELD UP THE BABY.  IT SMELLED

(music plays a little underscoring)

THE ROSES.

 

An example of beautiful linear prosody (Now from A Little Night Music):

Now as the sweet imbecilities tumble so lavishly onto her lap
Now there are two possibilities: A) I could ravish her; B) I could nap.




Linear prosody – an explanation