01/29/14 Musical Texture

Grammys Music Educator Award

Metallica & Lang Lang perform “One” at the Grammys

Musical Texture: interweaving of musical lines

4 Types of Musical Texture:


Examples

Monophony

J.S. Bach: Toccata in D minor

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National Anthem


Homophony

National Anthem


Homorhythm

Amazing Grace

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Polyphony

Round: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Fugue
J.S. Bach: Fugue in C minor


What texture or textures do you hear in this piece?

George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah Chorus

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More examples:
Source material:

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Monophony

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Texture demo.monophony


Homophony

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Homorhythm

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Polyphony

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Canon

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Fugue

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