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Polyphony A polyphonic texture is one within which there are or extra important melodic components, each one (or all) of equivalent value. There are phrases which are synonymous with polyphony and polyphonic; they're, respectively, counterpoint and contrapuntal. The noun counterpoint is an Anglicization of the Latin contrapunctus, this means that “against point,” as in “note opposed to notice. ” The adjective contrapuntal comes from the Latin contrapuncta, this means that “against aspect. ” Implicit within the notice is “note opposed to note,” that means simultaneous melodic components of equivalent significance. There are types of polyphony (or counterpoint): imitative polyphony and nonimitative polyphony. Imitative Polyphony An imitative polyphonic texture is one within which the constituent melodic components all sing and/or play kind of an identical melody, yet at quite a few time durations, in order that the melody overlaps itself. There are forms of imitative polyphony: strict and nonstrict. A strict imitative polyphonic texture is one during which each one constituent half imitates the opposite elements precisely: strictly. for instance, a functionality of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” will function 3 voices, or components, each one making a song the exact same factor, yet at an period of time, in order that the components overlap. a section or passage of song written in strict imitative polyphony is named a kanon in German and a around in English. around is a most precious designation, since it describes the cyclical nature of this type of piece; like a puppy chasing its tail, a around will retain following itself. so much imitative polyphony is of the nonstrict type. In nonstrict imitative polyphony, the voices (or components) do certainly imitate each other, yet now not exactly—not strictly—with the virtue being that the track doesn’t get stuck in a cyclical groove and is loose to head at any place the composer wishes it to move. Nonimitative Polyphony the opposite major kind of polyphony is nonimitative polyphony, that's a unique kettle of notes totally. A nonimitative polyphonic texture is one within which there are or extra simultaneous and varied melodies, neither of them extra vital than the other(s). once more, you could do this at domestic! seize the gerbil and sing “Happy Birthday to You” concurrently with “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida. ” the end result would possibly not sound excellent, yet you have played slightly nonimitative polyphony! Homophony A homophonic texture is one within which one melody is important and all different melodic or harmonic fabric is perceived as accompanimental. The emergence of the tonal harmonic process supplied an organizational framework in which many of the melodies in a polyphonic texture can be coordinated to be consonant with each other. both vital, the evolution of the tonal harmonic procedure supplied the ability for a unmarried melody to be underlain through a altering harmonic accompaniment. any such musical texture—in which we understand one vital melody and all else as being “accompanimental”—is known as homophony. due to the appearance of the tonal process, composed homophony—that is, harmonized melody—appeared for the 1st time throughout the Renaissance.

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