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

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Homophonic Texture

When chordal harmony is present, "homophonic texture" is created. Often in homophonic texture, there is a melodic voice and another voice or group of voices which contain chords. Whenever there is a melody plus chords, the texture is homophonic texture.

One way to remember the term homophonic is to consider its parts:

"homo" + "phonic" = "homophonic"
"same" + "sounds" = "same sounds"

Homophonic Texture consists of a melody with chordal accompaniment, or chordal harmony alone.

The example below is homophonic texture because it contains a melody and chordal accompaniment.

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