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Synonyms for descant

a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody

sing in descant

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sing by changing register

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talk at great length about something of one's interest

References in classic literature ?
We must be brief in descanting upon this part of her career.
I therefore followed him into his bedroom without further protest, and suffered him first to show me the iron map-case which stood in one corner; he took a crafty pride in this receptacle, and I thought he would never cease descanting on its innocent appearance and its Chubb's lock.
Masekela's trumpet was the sound he brought with him to Britain, and those heroically bright, descanting loops were the sounds of my childhood, through the years of Apartheid and the banning of the ANC.
It was in the midst of this magnificent debate, while he was descanting on the tyranny of the obnoxious Act, that he exclaimed, in a voice of thunder, and with the look of a god, "Caesar had his Brutus--Charles the first, his Cromwell--and George the third--" ("Treason," cried the Speaker--"treason, treason," echoed from every part of the House.
Descanting, in other words, may happen in harmony with the musical base, but it may also counter it, as Shakespeare's only other use of the word in a play makes clear.