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More Examples of Pure Homophonic Texture

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Pure Homophonic Texture

When a single instrument plays pure chordal harmony, as in the piano excerpt below, it may be thought of as comprising a single musical voice. This can lead to confusion, since chordal harmony performed by multiple intruments or singers is most often thought of as multiple voices (as in "Down the River" at the bottom of this page).

In the example below, notice that the notes move together with the same, or similar, rhythms, producing homophonic texture. Click the play arrow to hear the excerpt.

Here is another example in which chordal harmony produces pure homophonic texture. Remember that a chord is a group of two or more notes which are played together. In this example, there are two voices (on the same staff) which produce chords together.

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