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məˈnɒf ə nimonopho·ny

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  1. monophony, monophonic music, monodynoun

    music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)

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  1. Monophony

    In music, monophony is the simplest of textures, consisting of melody without accompanying harmony. This may be realized as just one note at a time, or with the same note duplicated at the octave. If an entire melody is played by two or more instruments or sung by a choir with a fixed interval between the voices or in unison, it is also said to be in monophony. Music in which all the notes sung are in unison is called monophonic. Musical texture is determined in song and music by varying components. Songs intersperse monophony, heterophony, polyphony, homophony, or monody elements throughout the melody to create atmosphere and style. Monophony may not have underlying rhythmic textures, and must consist of only a melodic line. The musics of some cultures where there is a melodic line with rhythmic accompaniment must be considered homophony. According to Ardis Butterfield, monophony "is the dominant mode of the European vernacular genres as well as of Latin song ... in polyphonic works, it remains a central compositional principle." Polyphony has two or more independent melodic voices. Monophony is one voice in music rather like a soliloquy.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monophony in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monophony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Images & Illustrations of monophony

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