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(Latin) In CHANT, an effusive MELISMA, particularly the melisma on "-ia" in an ALLELUIA.


artful diction; the use of language in a nonliteral way; also called a figure of speech

dies irae

the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally 'day of wrath')

requiem mass

A Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead


evening prayers

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