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Texture Lesson 4
Homophonic Texture -- Chordal Harmony, Harmonic Ostinati


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Chords

Another way to produce harmony is through the use of "chords." A chord is a group of pitches which are sung or played together with similar rhythm.


Double-click these examples of chords to hear them.




** IMPORTANT DEFINITION **
A Chord is a group of notes performed simultaneously.



Chordal Harmony

The notes of a chord may appear in a single voice or across several voices. When chords occur, one after another, we say there is "chordal harmony." The pitches of a chord are vertically aligned, as you can see in these examples of chords.


Chords in one voice:





Chords in four voices:





** IMPORTANT DEFINITION **
Chordal Harmony is characterized by pitches occurring simultaneously and moving together with similar rhythm in a voice or group of voices; a clear vertical relationship is present among pitches.


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