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Musical Texture

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Kristi Gaspari

on 4 February 2015

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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
Melody line
Chordal accompaniment

Musical Texture
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.
Chordal Homophony:
every line or voice moves together with exactly the same or nearly the same rhythm
Alberti Bass (1-5-3-5-3-5)
Walking Bass
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...
fugal imitation
Examples of this can be heard in folk music such as Bluegrass, Cajun, and Zydeco traditions
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