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n. pl. ho·moph·o·nies
1. The quality or condition of being homophonic.
2. Homophonic music.


1. (Linguistics) the linguistic phenomenon whereby words of different origins become identical in pronunciation
2. (Music, other) part music composed in a homophonic style


(həˈmɒf ə ni, hoʊ-)

1. homophonic music.
2. the quality or state of being homophonous.
[1770–80; < Greek]


1. music in which one voice carries the melody, sometimes with a ehord accompaniment.
2. Obsolete, unison. Also called monody, monophony. — homophonous, adj.
See also: Music
the state or condition of a letter, word, or symbol having the same sound as another but a different meaning, regardless of sameness or difference in spelling, as choirlquire. — homophonic, homophonous, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homophony - the same pronunciation for words of different origins
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
2.homophony - part music with one dominant voice (in a homophonic style)
part music - vocal music for several voices in independent parts (usually performed without accompaniment)
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27) Sermisy's most popular chansons are the most obvious examples of this phenomenon: Tant que vivray, with its simple, beautifully singable melody accompanied by homophonic texture and uncomplicated chord progressions, had already appeared in four Attaingnant publications by the time Scotto published it; it continued to find a place in later printed chansonniers even into the seventeenth century; it served as the model for a two-voice parody byjhan Gero in 1541, a three-voice parody by Hubert Waelrant in 1555, and a five-voice parody by Pierre Certon in 1570; numerous lute arrangements are extant dating as far back as 1529; and its text was adapted and sung to Sermisy's tune in contexts ranging from the theatrical to the political to the religious.
Yet, the melody and its underlying homophonic texture do not allow the ear to hear C major.
Back to lecture eight: Define fundamental frequency, pitch, note, melody, theme, tune, conjunct, disjunct, texture, monophonic texture, polyphonic texture, and homophonic texture.
Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterised by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture.
Hymn," written in the four-part choral style, explores voicing within a homophonic texture and also requires extensive pedaling.