coun·​ter·​mel·​o·​dy | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌme-lə-dē How to pronounce countermelody (audio) \

Definition of countermelody

: a secondary melody that is sounded simultaneously with the principal one

Examples of countermelody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buenviaje’s take is full of chest-rumbling culinary bass notes, with a sprinkle of raw scallions providing the countermelody. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 June 2022 Nevertheless, the theme of failure and absence runs underneath even the most joyful passages, a countermelody that insinuates the disaster to come. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 The moment the audience came in with the countermelody will live in my heart forever. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, 1 July 2018 In the soaring conclusion, Raymond and Hekselman play the melody in ebullient unison while a countermelody loops beneath them. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 9 Feb. 2018 Prager was confidently cueing every entrance, conveying every dynamic, and accentuating every countermelody. Jonathan Merrill, National Review, 8 Sep. 2017 In his work with the actors, Mr. Leon emphasizes the moments when that melody and countermelody intersect in questions of privilege and prejudice, even among lovers. Jesse Green, New York Times, 5 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of countermelody

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Countermelody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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