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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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The same applies to his arguments on the evolution of heterophony and collective improvisation.
bells, (10) as well as the dissonances and heterophony of the fourth
The result was a new book, stocked with foreign and often very tangential images, but carefully stitched together and detectable mainly for the heterophony of the material.
He accompanied himself on the bowed lute satar, which, with its rich sympathetic timbre, paraphrases the vocal melody in an elaborated heterophony.
and according to Bakhtin, the novel assembles a heterology of discursive types, a heteroglossia of languages, and a heterophony of voices.
Rather, they sing in heterophony around the ideal of a unified melody with their own individuated approaches to timing and lyrics.
casual speech, in that it may surface as a result of fast-speech processes in sequences, where heterophony operates in slow speech (Sobkowiak 1991: 77-80).
During the first few minutes of his recent Southwestern University Brown Symposium lecture on Gustav Mahler's Song of the Earth (1908-9), the musicologist Donald Mitchell gave an account of one mode of Asian music, heterophony, which I found exciting.
Boulez emphasizes that it is in the aspect of responsibility that polyphony distinguished itself from monody, heterophony and homophony.
Depending on the situation, untrained singers together often produced heterophony (simultaneous divergent versions of the tune) while a gathering of more gifted ones provided harmony of sorts.