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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.
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]
tuneful full of melody or tune. [1/2 definitions]