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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.monodical - having a single vocal partmonodical - having a single vocal part    
monophonic - consisting of a single melodic line
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The tritones from whichWagner's Tristan had yearned to be released have become, monodically, a positive, as the Flesh becomes Word, to complement theWord's becoming Flesh.
Rudolph was hardly unique among his South German contemporaries in adopting the most salient features of the new sacred concerto as it was practiced monodically by Lodovico Viadana and in multipartite textures by composers on both sides of the Alps during the years around 1600, but the self-consciousness of the preface and Rudolph's choice of texts might be taken as an encouragement to read his choice of musical means in no less a self-conscious mode.
In Opella nova Schein adopts the concerto style of Viadana, where predominantly one or two voices sing monodically or in dialogue.