homophony

/heuh mof"euh nee, hoh-/, n.
1. the quality or state of being homophonic.
2. homophonic music.
[1770-80; < Gk homophonía unison, equiv. to homóphon(os) HOMOPHONOUS + -ia -Y3]

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music
      musical texture based primarily on chords, in contrast to polyphony, which results from combinations of relatively independent melodies. In homophony, one part, usually the highest, tends to predominate and there is little rhythmic differentiation between the parts, whereas in polyphony, rhythmic distinctiveness reinforces melodic autonomy.

      Homophony does not necessarily suppress counterpoint, however. The “Allegretto” in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony offers an excellent example of essentially homorhythmic counterpoint, since it combines two distinct, yet rhythmically identical, melodies. An early genre featuring homophony of this sort is the 13th-century conductus.

      In the 15th century, Italian secular compositions of popular derivation (e.g., the frottola) were often homophonically conceived, as were numerous 16th-century pieces by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli and Carlo Gesualdo. Not until the 17th century, however, with such composers as the Italians Arcangelo Corelli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Giacomo Carissimi and the German Johann Hermann Schein, did homophony become dominant in Western music. See also polyphony.

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  • Homophony — Ho*moph o*ny, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. homophonie.] 1. Sameness of sound. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) (a) Sameness of sound; unison. (b) Plain harmony, as opposed to polyphony. See {Homophonous}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homophony — 1776, from Fr. homophonie, from Gk. homophonia (see HOMOPHONE (Cf. homophone)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Homophony — This article is about the musical term. For other uses, see Homophony (disambiguation). Homophony in Tallis If ye love me, composed in 1549. The voices move together using the same rhythm, and the relationship between them creates chords: the… …   Wikipedia

  • homophony — homophonie фр. [омофони/], нем. [хомофони/] homophony англ. [хо/мэфони] гомофония …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • homophony — noun see homophonic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • homophony — noun a) a texture in which two or more parts move together in harmony, the relationship between them creating chords. b) The quality of being homophonous …   Wiktionary

  • Homophony —    Polyphonic texture of one salient voice (melody) and one or more other accompanimental voices …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • homophony — n. music that has one part, music with one predominant melody; quality of having the same sound (Phonetics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • homophony — ho·moph·o·ny …   English syllables

  • homophony — ho•moph•o•ny [[t]həˈmɒf ə ni, hoʊ [/t]] n. 1) mad homophonic music 2) ling. the quality or state of being homophonous • Etymology: 1770–80; < Gk …   From formal English to slang

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