Monday, 11 May 2015

What is a Descant?

Nothing quite like an open invitation to perform, but does a fine line exist between play me and play with me?

Jonah to audience: I don't have to see what I'm doing; it just has to sound right.

Today's lesson: what is a descant?

One dictionary's definition verbatim: An additional part sung (sometimes improvised) above a given melody.

As Jonah adroitly plays out for us, a descant can also be an instrumental voice above the given melody, and in his fortissimo example, was improvised and impromptu.

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