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Musical Texture

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Kristi Gaspari

on 4 February 2015

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Transcript of Musical Texture

Describes
how much is going on in the music
at any given moment
Thick or thin
Many layers or few layers
Rhythm
Melody line
Chordal accompaniment
Counterpoint

Musical Texture
Monophonic
Music has only one melodic line with no harmony or counterpoint. There may be rhythmic accompaniment, but only one line with specific pitches.
Homophony
Polyphonic
Hetrophony
There is only one melody, but different versions of it are being played or sung at the same time
(Monophony)
(Homophonic)
Homophony has clearly one melodic line. All other parts provide accompaniment or fill in chords.
Chordal Homophony:
every line or voice moves together with exactly the same or nearly the same rhythm
Ostinato
Alberti Bass (1-5-3-5-3-5)
Walking Bass
Melody with accompaniment
is sometimes referred to as a form of homophony
(Polyphony)
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
imitative
non-imitative
Some additional terms...
counter-melody
fugue/subject
fugal imitation
(Hetrophonic)
Examples of this can be heard in folk music such as Bluegrass, Cajun, and Zydeco traditions
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