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Musical Textures

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Musical Textures
Monophonic Texture
The monophonic musical texture is characterized as retaining a single melodic line and being unaccompanied which, can leave mistakes exposed.

Examples of a monophonic musical texture include plainchant and Gregorian chant.
Biphonic Texture
The biphonic musical texture is characterized as having two separate lines: a higher, complex melodic line and a lower drone, or constant state in pitch.

Examples of the biphonic musical textures include pedal tunes and ostanatis.
Polyphonic Texture
The polyphonic musical texture is characterized as having multiple independent melodic lines that can imitate each other.

Examples of the polyphonic musical texture are fugues.
Homophonic Texture
The homophonic musical texture is known as the most common texture in the West, having a melodic line and harmomic lines that are accompanied.

Examples of the homophonic musical texture include Bach Chorales.
Additive Texture
The additive musical texture is characterized as beginning as a homophonic or monophonic piece that becomes polyphonic as the piece progresses.

Examples of the additive musical texture include rock music and pop music.
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