They are groping for some modulation, some way to translate complicated moral intuitions into rules a society can live by.
Of harshness in modulation he knew nothing: his chromatic changes were as soft and flowing as when he kept to the diatonic genus.
This is their modulation to the dominant, their awakening to life.
They had sweet, pretty sayings, clothed in all the softness of modulation and earnestness of gesture of the French people.
The modulation into an easy-going friendship was not difficult for these young people.
In your own words define (a) cadence, (b) modulation, (c) inflection, (d) emphasis.
First would come a few detached sentences, like a modulation.
Next comes the sixteen-bar tune, in which at least one modulation should be introduced.
This modulation is forbidden; therefore it must not be made.
Wagner, also, has turned this modulation to the happiest account in his newest operas.
late 14c., "act of singing or making music," from Old French modulation "act of making music" (14c.), or directly from Latin modulationem (nominative modulatio) "rhythmical measure, singing and playing, melody," noun of action from past participle stem of modulari "regulate, measure off properly, measure rhythmically; play, play upon," from modulus (see module). Meaning "act of regulating according to measure or proportion" is from 1530s. Musical sense of "action of process of changing key" is first recorded 1690s.
modulation mod·u·la·tion (mŏj'ə-lā'shən)
The functional and morphological fluctuation of cells in response to changing environmental conditions.
The variation of a property in an electromagnetic wave or signal, such as amplitude, frequency, or phase.