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#213599 - 12/16/13 10:48 AM descant
murraystone Offline
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The notion that a descant is a specifically ornamental melodic line adds extra poignancy to Richard III's soliloquy in Act I Sc I, where he says he is reluctant to loiter in public "Unless to spy my shadow in the sun. And descant on mine own deformity".
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#213626 - 12/17/13 09:56 AM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
jenny jenny Offline
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A worthy thought, murraystone. Thanks for it.

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#214181 - 02/11/14 11:03 PM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
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Not exactly related, but: why is descant pronounced DESS-cant and the word that is only one vowel different pronounced de-SENT?

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#214182 - 02/12/14 12:52 AM Re: descant [Re: Jackie]
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..or perhaps DEE-sent?

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#214183 - 02/12/14 06:07 AM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
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Because that's the way we say it.

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#214185 - 02/12/14 07:47 PM Re: descant [Re: Jackie]
olly Offline
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or Desant..

Origin:
13501400; Middle English discant, descaunt < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin discanthus, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + cantus

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#214195 - 02/13/14 11:10 PM Re: descant [Re: olly]
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Oh, thanks, olly, for adding all those to the mix! [sarcasm e] wink You doin' ok?

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#214196 - 02/13/14 11:13 PM Re: descant [Re: tsuwm]
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..or perhaps DEE-sent? Maybe, M, but I'm not far enough south to say it that way. But I do say INsurance. Hubby says warranTEE, which drives me up the wall.

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#214233 - 02/19/14 03:46 AM Re: descant [Re: Jackie]
olly Offline
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Doin great Jackie. He said in a rather descant way...

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#214235 - 02/19/14 09:24 AM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
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Good! :-)

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#216950 - 06/07/14 12:57 AM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
Bazr Offline
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When I was in Secondary school I used to sing descant in the school
choir until my voice broke.
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#216955 - 06/07/14 11:12 AM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
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I sang boy soprano.
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#216973 - 06/08/14 09:52 PM Re: descant [Re: murraystone]
Bazr Offline
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In vain to me the smiling Mornings shine,
And redd'ning Phoebus lifts his golden Fire:
The Birds in vain their amorous Descant join;
Or cheerful Fields resume their green Attire:

Thomas Gray (17161771), British poet. Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West (l. 14). . .
Read more at http://quotes.dictionary.com/In_vain_to_me_the_smiling_Mornings_shine#QXH06CJROvyq8jDR.99



Edited by Bazr (06/08/14 09:54 PM)
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