Class 19.1- Texture

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Single-line texture, or melody without accompaniment


A single melody


Music consisting of two or more independent but harmonious melodies


Occurs when one melodic voice is prominent over the accompanying lines or voices

In general, operatic arias of the Romantic period, for example those by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), provide good examples of homophonic music.


Which of the following types of texture does it represent?


The following excerpt represents monophonic texture.


The following excerpt represents monophonic texture.


This music passage is an example of:


This piece is a good example of:

Homophonic texture

This piece of music is a good example of:

Polyphonic texture

Which of the following choices is the defining characteristic of polyphony?

The independence and equality of concurrent melodic lines

Which of the following terms does not refer to a basic musical texture?


The following excerpt represents polyphonic texture.

False Correct! That excerpt does not represent polyphonic texture.

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