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descant #213599
12/16/13 03:48 PM
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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".


Murray Stone, Westerose, Alberta
Re: descant [Re: murraystone] #213626
12/17/13 02:56 PM
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A worthy thought, murraystone. Thanks for it.

Re: descant [Re: murraystone] #214181
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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?

Re: descant [Re: Jackie] #214182
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this too shall pass
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..or perhaps DEE-sent?

Re: descant [Re: murraystone] #214183
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Because that's the way we say it.

Re: descant [Re: Jackie] #214185
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or Desant..

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

Re: descant [Re: olly] #214195
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Oh, thanks, olly, for adding all those to the mix! [sarcasm e] wink You doin' ok?

Re: descant [Re: tsuwm] #214196
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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.

Re: descant [Re: Jackie] #214233
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Doin great Jackie. He said in a rather descant way...

Re: descant [Re: murraystone] #214235
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Good! :-)

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