homophonic

HOE-moe-fah-nik
[English, ]
A style of composition in which there is one melody, and all the voices and accompaniments move rhythmically together. This is opposed to polyphony, in which each voice may move independently. Homophony is not to be confused with monophony, in which all the voices and accompanying instruments are performing exactly the same notes, in homophony there is a distinct melody with accompanying harmony, but all move in the same rhythmic pattern.

See Also

[English] homophony ()
[English] homorhythm ()
[English] monophonic ()
[English] monophony ()
[English] polyphonic ()
[English] polyphony ()

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