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A dissonant is a dissonant note in music theory of consonance and dissonance. One of the early composers known for use of dissonants was Monteverdi. The use of dissonants was also practiced by Moscheles and taught by Chopin.
- Karel Philippus Bernet Kempers, M. G. Bakker Italian opera 1949 Page 14 "His use of dissonants was in contradiction to all known rules; his melodies showed unheard-of intervals; he even neglected the rules of counterpoint, secure in his conviction that the new subjective art form needed a new means of expression."
- The Harmonicon: A Journal of Music Volume 4 1826- Page 349 "It however appears, that Mr. Moscheles, according to the most esteemed writers and the rules of composition, is perfectly justified in writing it D flat. The D flat is here a diminished 7th, which, though a dissonant, is not necessarily resolved in all cases."
- Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Roy Howat, Naomi Shohet Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by His Pupils 1988 Page 42 0521367093 "Musical prosody and declamation; phrasing - Here are the chief practical directions as to expression which Chopin often repeated to his pupils: A long note is stronger, as is also a high note. A dissonant is likewise stronger, and equally so a syncopated note. The ending of a phrase, before a comma, or a stop, is always weak. If the melody ascends, one plays crescendo, if it descends, decrescendo. Moreover, notice must be taken of natural accents."