Definition of Musical Texture:

Texture describes the complexity of a musical composition. The word texture is used because adding different layers or elements to music creates a musical “tapestry.” Texture can be simple or elaborate, and is described with the following terms:

  • Monophonic: A single line of melody.
  • Biphonic: Two different, simultaneous melodies.
  • Heterophonic: A slightly elaborated melody with one or two voices; some intervals.
  • Homophonic: A single line of melody with chords or accompaniment (see concerto).
  • Polyphonic: A composition with many voices and harmonies.


Also Known As:

  • struttura (It)
  • texture (Fr)
  • Textur (Ger)



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