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Texture and Harmony in Music

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Ruth Gurgel

on 22 September 2016

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Transcript of Texture and Harmony in Music

Texture
and Harmony
in Music

Texture
thickness or density of the sound in music
Monophony
the simplest texture, a single unaccompanied melody
Homophony
melody with a harmonic accompaniment
Polyphony
when two or more melodies are played simultaneously. Polyphonic music can have additional harmony or not.
Rosemary Clooney
'Come on a-my House'
Gregorian Chant
‘Dies Irae’ (13th century)
abrasive

angular

blistered

barbed
caressing

carved

cutting

cratered
dense

airy

thick

light

thin

feathery

silky

smooth

glossy

gritty

heavy

spiky

springy

thorny

translucent
bumpy

gritty

velvety

jagged

puffy

Texture Word Bank
REVIEW: Melody, Harmony, Texture
Can be thick or thin
Uses chords
It is the tune of a piece
Moves in steps,
skips, and leaps
Moves in a
linear manner
Can be monophonic,
homophonic, or
polyphonic
Consists of simultaneous
sounds or tones
What are they and why do they matter?

Harmony: Chords
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