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Elizabeth O'Brien

on 7 October 2014

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Transcript of Texture

Musical Texture
Number of layers of sound that are heard at once, what kinds of layers they are, and how they are related to each other.
A single melodic line without accompaniment
Literally means having one sound
More than one voice or instrument can be singing or playing, but they will be sounding the same pitches.
Monophonic Texture
Monophonic Listening
Simultaneous (at the same time) performance of two ore more melodic lines of relatively equal interest.
Means, having many sounds
All musical lines are melodic and important
Polyphonic Texture
Polyphonic Listening
One main melody accompanied by chords.
Attention focused on melody, which is supported by harmonies of less importance.
Most rock band music would fall into this category.
Means, having the same sound.
Homophonic Texture
Homophonic Listening
Simultaneous performance of the same basic melody by two or more voice or instruments, but in versions that differ in ornamentation or rhythm
Common in non-western music
Heterophonic Listening
Composers create variety by changing textures within a composition
A good example is Farandole, from L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2, by Georges Bizet

Texture Changes
Where do the words that describe texture come from?
Reading: Prefixes and Suffixes
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