Saturday, August 28, 2004

Texture...

According to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, texture is the general pattern of sound created by the disposition in time of the elements of a work or passage. In other words, texture means the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together. Texture, described here too, is often used in a rather large way in reference to the overall sound of a piece of music. Some pieces can be described for having a thick texture or having a light texture. Some of Aaron Copland's pieces are decribed as having an open texture. The certain texture of a piece can be affected by the number of parts playing at once. Other aspects of texture include spacing, tone color, loudness, and rhythm.