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The simultaneous playing or singing of two or more versions of a melody.

het′er·o·phon′ic (-ər-ə-fŏn′ĭk) adj.


(Classical Music) the simultaneous performance of different versions of the same melody by different voices or instruments
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Wolff's turn to heterophonic textures during this period was also influenced by his desire to let his music serve as a metaphor for self-reliant individuals working together towards a common goal.
Unvowelled Arabic texts are orthographically opaque, and include many heterophonic as well as homophonic homographs.
The third song, "A une raison," is intensely lyrical, and evolves its sinuous melody by presenting it in appealing heterophonic interplay between voice and strings.
Polyphony was imposed upon the traditional ensemble regardless of its former heterophonic innate performance features.
texture via monophonic, homophonic, polyphonic, or heterophonic interpretations; parallel linear motion; the addition of drones, rests
In a heterophonic musical texture, all elements are creating a single voice or activity, but with each occasionally contributing a slight variance on a purely ornamental level.
This structure consists of a heterophonic texture of juxtaposed, independent musical entities that are rendered either monophonically (by the voice, violin and shawm) or in a two-part instrumental structure (by the harp, gong-circle, drum-circle, etc.
They also discuss the difficulties of transcribing the complex heterophonic textures produced by three or four voices, and to outline and critique the solution proposed by Gumbula, namely 'not to translate the lyrics as they had been recorded' but to have Gumbula recite the text from memory word-by-word, then to translate them, noting that this resulted in a faithful translation of the complete series as it was remembered by a seasoned singer.
Furthermore, this is realised with a markedly expressive voice timbre with traces of biphonic singing, with elements of heterophonic blurring in choral passages, sometimes accompanied by traditional Buddhist percussion instruments.
373) works out the probable tuning and heterophonic use of the best preserved surviving Greek aulos by acoustic calculations resulting from his special software program.
We do not connect, we do not remember, we do not "put it all together," we are all criminals of forgetting, and we are never heterophonic enough in our feeling for our own lives: but a radical and urgent message from a work of art suddenly arrives to tell us that it is not yet too late.
The novel's discursive dialogs, genuinely heterophonic, inflict "wounds," in the form of deconstructive analyses, onto prior texts and characters in order to release the authentic voices trapped inside.