Musical stability as perceived in certain intervals and chords. The opposite is dissonance. In classical Western music dissonant intervals require resolution to consonance before closure. Intervals acoustically most consonant are the unison, octave, and perfect fifth.
The repetition of consonant sounds within and at the ends of words (e.g. lonely afternoon). Often used with assonance, alliteration, and rhyme to create a musical quality, to emphasize certain words, or to unify a poem. See Assonance, Alliteration, Rhyme Content/ideas Information, concepts, beliefs, or opinions expressed in writing or speaking.
a relative term that refers to how well two or more pitches "fit together". Consonant pitches have frequencies that are related to one another. Pitches that are not consonant are refered to as dissonant. Consonant intervals are found at the bottom of the overtone series, while moredissonant intervals exist between the fundimental and pitches higher up along the overtone series. See also the section on the overtone series for more details.
The simultaneous sounding of two or more tones which produce an effect of stability or harmoniousness. Exactly which combinations of tones are considered consonant varies considerably among different cultures and has changed considerably during the history of Western music. Definitions of consonance may also be found in acoustical theories from Pythagoras to Helmholtz. Intervals (the distance from one note to another] considered consonant in the common practice of tonal music are unisons, octaves, perfect fifths and fourths, and both major and minor sixths.
Concordant or harmonious combination of tones that provides a sense of relaxation and stability in music. Example: Brahms, Symphony No.1, fourth movement Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album This majestic passage is harmonious, or consonant, providing a sense of stability in the music.
pitches that sound good together. During the period before 1200, the fourth, fifth and octave were consonant, while thirds and sixths as well as seconds and sevenths were dissonant and had to be handled carefully. In the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, the third and sixth came to be considered consonant. Antonym: dissonance.
The idea that some sounds or sound-combinations are more beautiful or euphonious than others. An ancient but disputed idea that has received numerous treatments. Psychoacoustic research suggests that consonance may be regarded as the absence of sensory dissonance. See dissonance.
Concordant or harmonious combination of tones that provides a sense of relaxation and stability in music. This majestic passage is harmonious, or consonant, providing a sense of stability in the music. Example: Brahms, Symphony No. 1, fourth movement Real Audio: 28K | 56K | About this album
Intervallic relationships which produce sounds of repose. Frequently associated with octave, third and sixth intervals; however, fourths and fifths may be sounds of consonance, as in both early and 20th-century music.
The effect created when words share the same stressed consonant sounds but where the vowels differ. Single consonance occurs when two words share one set of consonants e.g. 'brick' and 'clock' which share a 'ck'. Double consonance occurs when two words share all the same consonants e.g. in 'black' and 'block'. Double consonance is sometimes known as pararhyme. Double consonance has the effect of being a near rhyme. Seamus Heaney often uses consonance rather than full rhyme - see such poems as Follower or The Diviner.
repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in a line or succeeding lines of verse. Example: the and repetitions in Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, if the e we e a ympathy in choi e/ Wa, death, or ickne ss did lay eige to it . . ."
Consonance is a stylistic device, often used in poetry. It is the repetition of consonant sounds in a short sequence of words, for example, the "t" sound in "Is it blunt and flat?" Alliteration differs from consonance insofar as alliteration requires the repeated consonant sound to be at the beginning of each word, where in consonance it is anywhere within the word, although often at the end.