Definition of octave in English:
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.
- 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.
1.2Each of the two notes at the extremes of an octave.
- 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.
- 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 group or stanza of eight lines; an octet.
- 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.
law of octaves
- see Newlands, John.
Definition of octave in:
- US English dictionary
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