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RCM History 2 Terms

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Polyphonic Texture - 2 or more independent melodic lines or voices heard simultaneously. Referred to as contrapuntal texture
Modes Scale patterns distinguished by their own unique order of tones and semitones. Used in the music of Greece. Served as the source of melodies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They are generally referred to their original Greek names
Neumes The earliest form of notation in Western art Music. Uses small notational symbols - originally indicating the direction of the melodic line. Later written in the shape of squares or diamonds positioned on a staff and representing specific pieces. Haec Dies
A cappella Latin for "in the chapel". It is vocal music without instrumental accompaniment. It is a characteristic feature of music in Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Plainchant -Sometimes called plainsong. -Roots in Judaic Tradition. - monophonic texture - modal melodies - relatively narrow melodic range - unmeasured prose rhythm
Gregorian Chant A form of plainchant. It features monophonic melodies with unmeasured rhythm.
Monophonic Texture - Music consisting of a single line of melody (voice). Has no harmony or accompaniment.
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