monophony


mo·noph·o·ny

noun \mə-ˈnä-fə-nē, mä-\

Definition of MONOPHONY

:  monophonic music

First Known Use of MONOPHONY

circa 1890

Rhymes with MONOPHONY

monophony

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Music consisting of a single unaccompanied melodic line. The concept often also includes melody that is accompanied by a drone or by drumming. Gregorian chant and Byzantine chant constitute the oldest written examples of monophonic repertory.

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