Listening for Texture
Many of us learned the basic descriptions of musical texture: monophony, homophony, and polyphony - and perhaps even a fourth texture, found primarily in non-Western cultures such as Native American, Middle Eastern, and South African - heterophony.
But these distinctions barely scratch the surface of the possibilities of texture encountered by today's composer or listener!
In 20th and 21st century music, texture can often play just as important a part as melody, harmony, rhythm or form. Our listening choices are now rich with lush, thick textures that would have been a scandal and an outrage in earlier times!
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