Monday, August 30, 2004

Conjunct Melody

I should begin by explaining a melody. A melody is the "rhythmis succession of pitches" according to the Schmirer Audio Dictionary of Music Online. In layman's terms melody is "the tune" that we hear and remember. Conjunct and disjunct melodies are the two ways a melody can "move." A conjunct melody occurs when the notes are played in a scale- like or "stepwise" motion. The notes can move in whole steps OR half steps and can go up or down (ascend/descend) the scale. A disjunct melody is exactly the opposite. Whenever the interval between notes is more than a second, the melody is disjunct.

Source: Schmirer Audio Dictionary of Music
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