Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Disjunct Melody...

Disjunct Melody is a type of melodic motion. Disjunct motion proceeds by leap from one scale degree to the next by intervals larger than a second. Opposite of that, conjunct motion proceeds by step from one scale degree to the next by intervals of a second. Tetrachords in the music of ancient greece and the middle ages are conjunct if the last pitch of one is the first pitch of the other, and otherwise disjunct. In other words, Disjuct melody is a melody that moves in skips (skips notes) because its intervals are larger than seconds, meaning larger than a half step or whole step.
(The Harvard Dictionary of Music: Randel, Don)