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Melody, Harmony, Form, Texture

  • Melody: the line or tune
  • Harmony: the meat that supports the melody (chords)
  • Form: the overall structure and organization of piece
  • Texture: how much stuff is going on at once

Melody, Harmony, Form, Texture

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Parameters of Music 0:20
    • Parameters of Music is Subjective
    • Melody, Harmony, Form, and Texture
  • Melody 1:30
    • The Tune, the Singable Aspect of a Work
    • The Main Line
    • Usually Smooth Line
    • Example
  • Harmony 3:31
    • The Chords
    • Harmony Supports the Melody
    • Example
  • Form 5:11
    • The Overlooked Giant of Music
    • Form is the Structure and the Glue
    • Important Developments Throughout Music History
    • Example
  • Texture 8:26
    • How Much Stuff is Going on at Once
    • 'Mono' = One Voice
    • 'Poly' = More Than One Voice
    • Number of Instruments, Octaves, Instrument Doubling
    • Example
  • Review 10:50
    • Melody, Harmony, Form, Texture
    • Identifying Melody, Harmony, Texture, and Form with Example