- 1 Music A series of eight notes occupying the interval between (and including) two notes, one having twice or half the frequency of vibration of the other.More example sentences
- These ratios produce the eight notes of an octave in the musical scale corresponding to the white keys on a piano.
- Trotter uses this music to introduce octaves, accented rhythms, a whole tone scale and a continuous cross-hand pattern.
- One of the most difficult passages for the violin in the first movement is a melodic minor one-octave scale in fingered octaves.
- 1.1The interval between the two notes at the extremes of an octave.More example sentences
- What is it that makes notes one octave apart fit together so well?
- I hissed softly, my voice a few octaves higher than it should have been.
- His voice had changed, dropping several octaves.
- 1.2Each of the two notes at the extremes of an octave.More example sentences
- Meanwhile, strong octave Bs in the bass, along with the lengthy pedals necessary to sustain them, create the tremendous resonance this passage requires.
- In another, open octaves alternate with chordal homophony.
- Psychotic disco drums and vivacious octave bass lines introduce us to the Liars new mania.
- 1.3The two notes at the extremes of an octave sounding together.More example sentences
- Lerner conquered the score's thunderous octaves and tone clusters brilliantly.
- They chant in a deep harmonic, which can be heard sounding three octaves at once during stages in the ritual.
- The main difficulty of the second section is the pages of interlocking octaves, chords and single notes covering the entire range of the keyboard.
- 2A poem or stanza of eight lines; an octet.More example sentences
- The second quatrain of Smith's sonnet alludes to Petrarch's octave.
- Not only has the poet repeatedly discovered different dramatic structures, she also discovered whole new octaves of tone.
- The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.
- 3The eighth day after a church festival, inclusive of the day of the festival.More example sentences
- On the watery desert from Pentecost to Christmas, they stay on the Isle of Ailbe from Christmas through the octave of Epiphany.
- 3.1A period of eight days beginning with the day of a church festival.More example sentences
- They composed new liturgies in his honor and celebrated his death (unique for any local saint) with a full octave of worship.
Middle English (sense 3): via Old French from Latin octava dies 'eighth day'.
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