In music, the pianto (en:crying) is the motif of a descending minor second, has represented laments and been associated textually with weeping, sighing (called the Mannheim sigh by Hugo Riemann); or pain, grief, etc.; since the 16th century. For example the passus duriusculus. "It was present equally in vocal and instrumental music."
- Monelle, Raymond (2000). The Sense of Music: Semiotic Essays, p.17. ISBN 978-0-691-05716-3.
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