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Monodic \Mo*nod"ic\, Monodical \Mo*nod"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?.]

  1. Belonging to a monody.

  2. (Mus.)

    1. For one voice; monophonic.

    2. Homophonic; -- applied to music in which the melody is confined to one part, instead of being shared by all the parts as in the style called polyphonic.


a. pertaining to monody


adj. having a single vocal part [syn: monodical]

Usage examples of "monodic".

At the same time the evidence is conclusive that the madrigal was acquiring general popularity as a form of dramatic music, and the madrigal drama reached the zenith of its glory at the very moment when its fate was preparing in the experiments of Galilei and others in the new monodic style destined to become the basis of modern Italian opera.

But though her instinctive belief in the universality of melody and harmony had convinced her that a devout witch could find a place in a program that used as its source material the monodic compositions of the Catholic Church, she simply could not see herself singing the praises of a God whose Church had, in the course of three or four centuries, overseen the slaughter of nine million of her kind.

Chinese music has always been monodic, and they use a great variety of melodic shadings composed of intervals of small fractions of a step.