Definition and background:
A tune; a succession of tones comprised of mode, rhythm, and pitches so arranged as to achieve musical shape, being perceived as a unity by the mind. In a piece of music where there is more than one voice, or where harmony is present, the melody is the dominant tune of the composition. An arrangement of single tones in a meaningful sequence An organized succession of pitches. the horizontal dimension of music, referring to the organization of pitches (and in later centuries, particular rhythms) into a line. a succession of notes of varying pitch, which form a recognizable musical shape
A parade of notes, one following the other meaningfully.
An organized succession of pitches
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