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Transcript of Musical Texture
how much is going on in the music
at any given moment
Thick or thin
Many layers or few layers
Music has only one melodic line with no harmony or counterpoint. There may be rhythmic accompaniment, but only one line with specific pitches.
There is only one melody, but different versions of it are being played or sung at the same time
Homophony has clearly one melodic line. All other parts provide accompaniment or fill in chords.
every line or voice moves together with exactly the same or nearly the same rhythm
Alberti Bass (1-5-3-5-3-5)
Melody with accompaniment
is sometimes referred to as a form of homophony
If more than one independent melody is occurring at the same time, the music is polyphonic. We can also refer to this as counterpoint or contrapuntal.
2 main types
Some additional terms...
Examples of this can be heard in folk music such as Bluegrass, Cajun, and Zydeco traditions