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Terms used to describe the texture of music

November 12, 2007

In order to write effectively about texture in music it will be helpful to know the meaning of the following terms.

melody

tune

melody and accompaniment

counterpoint contrapuntal

homophony homophonic

chordal

block chords

monody monophonic

polyphony polyphonic

countermelody

strands

doubling

imitation

imitation by inversion

florid

melisma melismatic

tessitura

alberti bass

broken chords

arpeggio

heterophony

figure

motif

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 19, 2014 2:43 pm

    It would have been help full if you had the definition there too.

    • April 19, 2014 8:42 pm

      Yes I agree but you can always look up the terms yourself. I doubt if I will ever get around to supplying definitions. Often knowledge of the right question to ask is just as important as knowing the right answer.

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