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ambient of music, characterized by sound and pattern rather than distinct notes of melody or rhythmic structure. [1/3 definitions]
aria a melody or song. [1/2 definitions]
bagpipe a musical instrument, played esp. in Scotland, consisting of a double-reed melody pipe and one or more drone pipes that protrude from a flexible leather bag that is inflated through a blowpipe by the breath or by bellows.
boogie-woogie strongly rhythmic piano jazz in which the melody is accompanied throughout by a repeated bass pattern that uses chiefly eighth notes.
bop1 a form of jazz music having complex rhythms and harmonies which overlay and frequently obscure the melody.
cantus firmus an established melody to which other elements are added in a polyphonic composition.
chant in religious services, a prayer or reading from a holy book sung to a simple melody with many syllables on each pitch. [1/7 definitions]
descant a secondary, usu. higher, melody that is played or sung at the same time as the chief melody. [1/4 definitions]
grace note a note in music that is essential neither to the harmony nor the melody but rather is added for ornamentation.
harmonic in music, related to harmony rather than to melody or rhythm. [1/3 definitions]
melodic of, pertaining to, or characterized by melody; melodious.
melodious of, characterized by, or containing a pleasing melody. [2 definitions]
modal in jazz and popular music, of or pertaining to a composition that is based on the use of one or two major or minor chords, rather than on a series of chords established by a melody. [1/5 definitions]
music sound that has rhythm, melody, or harmony, usu. produced by voice or instrument. [1/5 definitions]
ornament a musical note or group of notes added to a melody in order to embellish it. [1/5 definitions]
plainsong an unaccompanied monophonic chant or melody, such as that used in Hindu and early Christian liturgies. [1/2 definitions]
ragtime an early twentieth-century American musical form, having a syncopated melody and an accompaniment in two-four time, usu. written for the piano.
refrain2 the music accompanying this repeated section, or any repeated melody. [1/2 definitions]
theme a main melody on which a musical composition is based. [1/3 definitions]
theme song a melody or song identified with a play, movie, television program, or the like, esp. one used as an introduction or closing, or one used to create a certain mood or tone.
tune a sequence of agreeable musical tones; a melody. [1/12 definitions]