Teacher_Melody

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Definition:
the arrangement of single notes in sequence.

 

Melody can be:

  • Simple
  • Complex
  • Repetitive

 

Discussion points:

  • Motive/motif
  • Phrases
  • Can often be the most recognizable part of the composition
  • Moves by steps/skips/leaps
  • Can lead the harmony or be led by the harmony

 

Examples:

Super Mario World - Overworld Theme

William Tell Overture - Gioachino Rossini

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart


Activity:

  • Write a string of notes where the overall direction is upwards (over 1 measure, 2, and 4 measures).
  • Write a string of notes were the overall direction is downwards (over 1 measure, 2, and 4 measures).
     

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