Definition of vocalise in English:


Line breaks: vo¦cal|ise
Pronunciation: /ˌvəʊkəˈliːz
, ˈvəʊkəliːz


  • 1A singing exercise using individual syllables or vowel sounds to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone.
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    • You likely will be able to develop a comprehensive warm-up routine and work on various vocalises, études or vocal methods, called ‘vocal study.’
    • You will learn and memorize eight to ten songs of increasing difficulty per semester and possibly more, in addition to getting greater benefit out of your vocalises.
    • From another direction came the most exquisite vocalises; Paul was warming up.
  • 1.1A vocal passage consisting of a melody without words: the second movement is in the spirit of a vocalise
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    • There are two vocal items, a wordless vocalise with flute and guitar and a trenchant, highly effective group of eight Haiku, a minute each.
    • The vocalise extends through all four sections, to be taken up by the entire Kremerata Baltica (with crunching organ chords!) in the finale.
    • Like most of Grainger's vocalises, the voice sings its own counter-tune, rather than double anything in the accompaniment.


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