Definition of hocket in English:

hocket

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒkɪt
 
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noun

Music
  • A spasmodic or interrupted effect in medieval and contemporary music, produced by dividing a melody between two parts, notes in one part coinciding with rests in the other.
    More example sentences
    • It is based on a plainsong tenor, treated isorhythmically and incorporating some hocketing, while the other two voices have more complex hockets, the parts frequently crossing each other.
    • For a moment there's a sense of a shared purpose, then individual louder notes stab through the surface, the hocket breaks down and we're back to the busy, buzzing heterophony.
    • Perhaps most energetic of all is the medley of hockets that opens the second CD.

Derivatives

hocketing

noun
More example sentences
  • It is based on a plainsong tenor, treated isorhythmically and incorporating some hocketing, while the other two voices have more complex hockets, the parts frequently crossing each other.
  • The number of performers makes it possible for Scott to include effects such as hocketing, in which a single melodic line in divided between more than one musician.
  • Music is unique; it has yodeling, hocketing and polyphonic harmonies.

Origin

late 18th century: from French hoquet 'hiccup'; in Old French the sense was 'hitch, sudden interruption' which also existed in Middle English.

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