Vocalise

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Vocalise

 

a work written to be sung without words, based on a vowel sound. (See.) Vocalises are usually etudes or exercises for developing vocal technique (vocalises by G. Concone, H. Panofka, M. I. Glinka, A. E. Varlamov, and others). Pieces for concert performance are also occasionally written as vocalises (Rachmaninoff s Vocalise, Ravel’s ” Vocalise en forme d’habanera,” and Gliàre’s concerto for voice and orchestra).

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