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


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Harmonic Ostinato

Like a melodic ostinato, a "harmonic ostinato" is a repeated accompaniment pattern intended to be performed together with another melody. But a harmonic ostinato produces homophonic texture because it contains a repeated pattern of chords. The example below contains both a melody and a harmonic ostinato.


Here is the harmonic ostinato alone.





And, here is the melody plus harmonic ostinato.




** IMPORTANT DEFINITION **
A Harmonic Ostinato is a short, repeated chordal accompaniment pattern which is intended to be performed along with a melody.


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