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(Gk., ‘Same‐sounding’).

Term applied to mus. in which the parts or vv. move ‘in step’ with one another, instead of exhibiting individual rhythmic independence and interest, as in polyphony. Many modern hymn‐tunes are homophonic, whereas Bach's settings of Ger. chorales and many Handelian choruses are polyphonic.

Subjects: Music.


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