Definition and background:
In part-writing, similar motion is the situation in which two voices of the composition move in the same direction, either ascending or descending, but they do not necessarily cover the same interval. when two or more parts move in generally the same direction, but by different amounts. Related terms: parallel motion, oblique motion, contrary motion.
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