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n. pl. mon·o·dies
1. An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
2. A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
3. Music
a. A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
b. A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
c. A composition in either of these styles.

[Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·nod′ic (mə-nŏd′ĭk), mo·nod′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
mo·nod′i·cal·ly adv.
mon′o·dist (mŏn′ə-dĭst) n.
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Adj.1.monodic - having a single vocal partmonodic - having a single vocal part    
monophonic - consisting of a single melodic line
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The Reclam/Carus edition of Luther's hymns is beautifully produced with fine reproductions of the sixteenth-century sources, and the monodic music is very clear and un-crowded.
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By proscribing music that he considered ornamental (be it soloistic, the mixed-voice repertoire of the Classical and Romantic periods, or purely instrumental) and replacing it with a restoration of monodic plainsong for the congregation and the male-voice polyphony of the High Renaissance as represented especially by the Roman School of Palestrina and Victoria, Pius X gave official approbation at the highest level to the aspirations of the nineteenth-century Cecilian movement.
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Does He enter into composition with other things?" (Messiaen's musical response to all these questions, as it were, is a monodic quotation of the Alleluia from the Feast of All Saints.)
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