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Notes in a melody occur one after another in a line of music. A melody represents a single musical voice no matter how many musicians perform it. It can be sung or played on an instrument. Below is an example of a melody. Scroll down and click the play arrow to listen to the melody played by a clarinet.

Here is another example of a melody. Click the play arrow to hear this excerpt sung by a women's choir.

A Melody consists of a series of single pitches in succession; in a melodic voice there is a horizontal relationship among pitches.

Because the notes in a melody move in succession, one to the next, we say there is a "horizontal" relationship. It's often easy to see this relationship in printed music because the notes of a melody form a line from left to right.

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Monophonic Texture
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