Now used for plain harmony, note against note, as opposed to polyphonic harmony, in which the several parts move independently, each with its own melody.
Texture with principal melody and accompanying harmony, as distinct from polyphony. In this example, the principal melody is heard in the upper range of the piano, while the chordal accompaniment is subordinate. Example: Mozart, Piano Concerto in C major, K. 467, second movement Real Audio: 28K | 56K | About this album
When music has harmony but only one melody, we call that "homophonic" meaning "same sound." Some examples of this would be when a singer is accompanied by chords on the guitar, or when a hymn is sung in church. ( Lesson 3, Page 2) HEAR IT
passages in which all voices sing identical or similar rhythms. This term also refers to music in which a melody lies in one voice while the other voices serve as accompaniment. When discussing Pärt's music, the former definition applies.
having a single melodic line with accompaniment
one melody, opposite of polyphonic
'same sound', only one voice evident in a piece of music and is supported by accompaniment
when all voiced proceed rhythmically at the same rate, as in most church hymns and chorales)
A texture with a principal melody and accompanying harmony, as opposed to polyphonic.
Texture with principal melody and accompanying harmony, as distinct from polyphony. Example: Mozart, Piano Concerto in C Major, K.467, second movement Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album In this example, the principal melody is heard in the upper range of the piano, while the chordal accompaniment is subordinate.
a melody plus an accompaniment. The melody is more important than whatever else is going on. Related terms: monophonic, polyphonic.
music consisting of a single melodic line supported by an accompaniment in chordal style. Most hymns are homophonic.