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Music
1. a decorative counterpoint added above a basic melody
2. of or pertaining to the highest member in common use of a family of musical instruments
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He took the boys to the British Museum and descanted upon the antiquities and the specimens of natural history there, so that audiences would gather round him as he spoke, and all Bloomsbury highly admired him as a prodigiously well-informed man.
He laid open his affairs without the smallest reserve, and descanted at some length upon the merits of his company, and the acquirements of his family; of both of which, the two broad-sword boys formed an honourable portion.
Accordingly, charm in this elusive work was in short supply, though Lu did sing a full-throated song in the Romanze, with an eloquent bassoon descant from within Thomas Hull's remarkable Festival Academy Orchestra, who provided a lively accompaniment throughout.
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I then got to design the Conn 9D medium throat bell model, the 10D, 11D, and the 12D descant horn.
Each of her poems is as thick as the Tennessee woods, and one can imagine her, pen to notebook, on the mountain at Sewanee, imagining each descant and collect, each sonnet and villanelle.
Descant parts are included on a few anthems, which add beautiful color to the selections.
"I think the attention of these younger people spurred him on to create his masterpiece, Briggflatts, which was a coming together of his poetic ideas that had been gathering in his notebooks for a number of years." Alex says of Briggflatts (opening lines: Brag, sweet tenor bull,/ descant on Rawthey's madrigal): "It is quite a difficult poem but on the other hand it's also very musical.
He plays three instruments - violin, descant recorder, and piano.
She is also working on two new projects Descant for Daughters and At Dawn.