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Texture Lesson 2
Polyphonic Texture -- Partner Songs


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Descants and Countermelodies

Like partner songs, "descants" and "countermelodies" also produce polyphonic texture. These are separate musical voices which are specifically intended to be performed together with another melody to produce harmony. They are like partner songs, but descants and countermelodies are not meant to be performed alone.

** IMPORTANT DEFINITION **
A Descant or a Countermelody is a melodic voice which is intended to be performed together with another melody to produce harmony.



The example below shows a melody and countermelodies performed together. Click the play arrow to hear this example.


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