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
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Toccata-in-D.mp3|titles=Toccata in D minor]

National Anthem


Homophony

National Anthem


Homorhythm

Amazing Grace
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Amazing-Grace.mp3|titles=Amazing Grace]


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

[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Hallulujah-excerpt.mp3|titles=Hallelujah]

More examples:
Source material:
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Applause-exc.mp3|titles=Applause]

(To hear the examples, click the play icon ► on the green audio widgets)

Monophony
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.monophony.mp3|titles=Monophony]
Texture demo.monophony


Homophony
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.homophony.mp3|titles=Homophony]
Texture demo.homophony


Homorhythm
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.homorhythm.mp3|titles=Homorhythm]
Texture demo.homorhythm


Polyphony
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.polyphony.mp3|titles=Polyphony]
Texture demo.polyphony


Canon
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.canon_.mp3|titles=Canon]
Texture demo.canon


Fugue
[audio:http://missmusicnerd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Texture-demo.fugue_.mp3|titles=Fugue]
Texture demo.fugue