countermelody

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countermelody

(ˈkaʊntəˌmɛlədɪ)
n, pl -dies
a secondary melody that accompanies the primary melody
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Once they know the progression or the riff, they can begin to experiment with variations, embellishments, melodies, harmonies, or countermelodies.
Spitilli's contribution is not limited to outlining grooves as he regularly moves forward in the composition to add harmonic depth with perfectly timed countermelodies delivered in a lyrical voice quite his own.
The heavily-scored melodies, unobtrusive countermelodies, fill-ins between vocal entrances, and all-important bass lines easily jump off the page, demonstrating the clarity and expertise that Bennett, Walker, and others brought to their task.
Trombonists John Gabriel (Harvard), Sara Gulgas (University of Pittsburgh), Nathan Platte (University of Iowa), and Linda Pohly (Ball State University) provided the requisite countermelodies and glissandos.
The accompaniment is not difficult, but it provides interesting countermelodies while still supporting the voice.
Schubert's F minor Fantasia had the duo phrasing and breathing almost like a four-handed entity undertaking this trudging winter journey, sometimes gathering pace, sometimes holding back, and with countermelodies freshly minted.
In the mornings there are mixed instrument groups, split by ability level from Foundation to Advanced, with separate strands for folk song and Cerdd Dant (improvised countermelodies to a harp tune), for Welsh clogging at beginner and intermediate level and for folk dance.
In My Life's famous classically inspired bridge was taken in unison by Kang and Frisell but more often they weaved countermelodies over and across each other.
You have done good for yourselves since you left my wet embrace and crawled ashore In the second verse, she is joined again by the high voices from the beginning glissando, which provide playful countermelodies, perhaps representing the "little ones, my sons and my daughters," who sing slightly out of synchronization with one another, experiment with vocables, and seem to sing in reaction to her lead vocal line.
Though, like many Cuban musicians, he was conservatoire-trained in both European classical forms and local styles, as a young man Valdes had been excited by the bravura, fierce brass riffs and gliding sax countermelodies of the popular American swing bands.
Unfortunately, arranger Murray and orchestrators William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke make arbitrary changes to Gershwin's rhythms, harmonies and countermelodies. They also delete significant stretches of Gershwin and replace them with Broadway-style dance arrangements, an overture and a song-medley entr'acte.
I savored the succulent harmonies and ingenious countermelodies, and especially its spirit.

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