paraphrase
(PAIR-ruh-fraze)


[Eng.]


  1. (19th century) A virtuoso composition using popular melodies, usually from operas, in an elaborated manner such as the Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate.
  2. (14th - 16th century) A melody borrowed from another source (usually chant) and then elaborated freely such as Missa l' hom arme by Guillaume de Machaut.
  3. (18th century) A rhythmic version of scripture or psalms in the native langauge of the composer such as Estro poetico-armonico: Parafrasi sopra li primi (secondi) venticinque salami by Benedetto Marcello.


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