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Encyclopedia > Cell (music)

In music a cell is similar to a figure or motif.


The 1957 Encyclopédie Larousse defines a cell as follows:

  • "a small rhythmic and melodic design that can be isolated, or can make up one part of a thematic context. A cell can be developed independent of its context, as a melodic fragment. It can be the source for the whole structure of the work; in that case it is called a generative cell."

The 1958 Encyclopédie Fasquelle defines a cell as follows:

  • "a term in musical composition, used to discuss cyclic works. It is the smallest indivisible unit; the cell is distinct from the motif, which can be divided; the cell can, itself, be used as a developmental motif."

Source

  • Nattiez, Jean-Jacques (1990). Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music (Musicologie générale et sémiologue, 1987). Translated by Carolyn Abbate (1990). ISBN 0691027145.
    • (1958). Encyclopédie Fasquelle.



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Cell (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (178 words)
In music a cell is similar to a figure or motif.
It is the smallest indivisible unit; the cell is distinct from the motif, which can be divided; the cell can, itself, be used as a developmental motif."
Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music (Musicologie générale et sémiologue, 1987).
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