Sunday, June 22, 2008

Prompt 17: Melody

Thanks to Barb at WillThink4Wine for this week's prompt, melody. Here are her tanka and photo:

protected wetlands
aviary melodies
fragile songs of life
coexisting waterfowl
in harmony with the swamp

Melody (from Gr. ‘Melos’). A succession of notes, varying in pitch, which have an organized and recognizable shape. Melody is ‘horizontal’, i.e. the notes are heard consecutively, whereas in harmony notes are sounded simultaneously (‘vertical’). The mus. of many primitive races still remains purely melodic, as does European folksong and also plainsong. Many apparently simple folk melodies will be found, on examination, however, to be highly organized, e.g. as regards the use at different pitch levels of some simple, brief motif, the adroit use of a high note as a point of climax, etc.; many such melodies will be found to be cast in some definite form, such as simple ternary form.

k k k k k k k

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