Saturday, August 28, 2004

The other part....

Countermelody is found in a piece whose texture consists clearly of a melody with an accompaniment, an accompanying part with a certain, though subordinate, melodic interest. You could also say that countermelody is a second but subordinate melodic line sometimes found in music which has a melody and an accompaniment. And if you didn't know what subordinate means, it means lower in rank or less important, thanks to this website. To play a countermelody you are playing an accompanying melody surrounded by or against the main melody. The countermelody is important and has its own defined part, however, it must be below the main theme or melody. If your computer will allow it you can listen to a piece that has countermelody in it, here.
(The Harvard Dictionary of Music, Don Michael Randel)