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accompaniment

Music a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra
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accompaniment

A decoration added to a building with the intention of enhancing its appearance.
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The song opens with a forceful chordal figure that announces the vocal entrance, a melismatic phrase setting the name "Shakuntala!" The agitated accompaniment figures propel the vocal line that moves in sometimes jagged phrases, sometimes long melismas, and sometimes sustained phrases.
Finzi sets up this beautiful and powerful Shakespeare text with a dirge-like accompaniment figure in B minor.
A return to the original accompaniment figure and key reminds us that though the story is sad, it is about a doll, much like a child's fairy tale.
I have plenty on hand," the accompaniment figure changes to a running sixteenth-note figure mp, legato molto, and marked "Shimmery." The piano figurations change according to the character speaking and become more illustrative of the text when the Devil's additions to the land are cataloged.
This atmosphere of anger and doom prevail until Miss Manners begins her answer, at which point the accompaniment figure changes to an afterbeat pattern shifting through parallel harmonies as she reveals her own attraction to "violent opera" and her secret desire to sing, and what kind of response she would want from her fans.
They contain many of the needed technical elements required of a pianist: chord-al voicing, arpeggiated accompaniment figures and melody/harmony balance.