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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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Terminology is inconsistently defined; for example, Williams gives considerable attention to describing homophonic texture but uses the phrase "subdominant suspensions" without explanation.
* C section ("Stage band") Homophonic texture. Density increased by changing style, increased complexity in bass line, double melodic line (sax and trumpet).
An ostinato subject is provided initially by the trombone, creating a quasi-minimalist chant-like atmosphere, as other motifs gradually evolve and emerge before disappearing back into the homophonic texture. A central trumpet duet suggests a new direction, yet hints of the original theme never fully subside.
Yet, the melody and its underlying homophonic texture do not allow the ear to hear C major.
The marimba accompanies the singer in "dominic has" by either doubling the vocal line or providing a homophonic texture that supports the vocal line, but achieves melodic interest when the voice rests.
Back to lecture eight: Define fundamental frequency, pitch, note, melody, theme, tune, conjunct, disjunct, texture, monophonic texture, polyphonic texture, and homophonic texture. Of course I'm having a bit of fun, and you might define a few of these terms, but probably not all.
In these two settings verse 9 is similar in character to the settings of verse 7, with the slow rhythmic values and homophonic texture that accompany the presentations of the complete cantus firmus.
What is barbershop singing?: Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterised by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture.
Nevertheless, the first corrente of op.: is made up unequivocally of Hilton's patterns 1 and 2, is undeniably in 3/2, despite its 3/4 barring, exhibiting the same clarity of phrase structure and homophonic texture as any of the correnti alla francese previously discussed (ex.8).
(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.
However, my own favourite is the piece that follows, Melgas's setting of Popule meus, the Good Friday Reproaches: the rich, principally homophonic texture has a simple but effective expressivity.