Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The simultaneous playing or singing of two or more versions of a melody.

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  • n. The simultaneous performance, by a number of singers or musicians of two or more versions of the same melody.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abnormal state of the voice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as heterophonia.

Etymologies

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From the Ancient Greek ἑτεροφωνία (heterophōnia).

Examples

  • Small wonder, then, that the Fisk Jubilee Quartet's singing is polished and dignified in a way that now seems as "wrong" to us as the bluesy heterophony of "Po' Mo'ner Got a Home at Last" must have sounded to more than a few of the middle-class blacks who purchased a copy of Victor 16843.

    Lovely Sounds of Sorrow

  • Olivero uses a wide gamut of techniques to present the quoted folk material, ranging from rich, sensitive and simple (but not simplistic) arrangements to non-tonal metamorphoses of basic melodic cells, often presented through dense heterophony and clusters.

    Betty Olivero.

  • Listen for traditional music most modern-composed music, even from these cultures, has little or no heterophony in which singers and/or instrumentalists perform the same melody at the same time, but give it different embellishments or ornaments.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • In heterophony, there is only one melody, but different variations of it are being sung or played at the same time.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • There is some heterophony with some instruments playing more ornaments than others in "Donulmez Aksamin" and in "Urfaliyim Ezelden" on the Turkish Music page.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Some Middle Eastern, South Asian, central Eurasian, and Native American music traditions include heterophony.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The clarinet was a big deal much earlier in New Orleans Jazz, where it played a mostly obbligato role (see also the page on heterophony).

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The clarinet was a big deal much earlier in New Orleans Jazz, where it played a mostly [[obbligato]] role (see also the page on [[heterophony]]).

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

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