contrary motion


nounMusic.
  1. melodic motion in which one part rises in pitch while the other descends.

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How to use contrary motion in a sentence

  • Kuhnau expresses the latter by giving a theme in contrary motion.

    The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
  • Both parts skipping in contrary motion to a fifth or octave should be avoided in two-part writing.

  • Bands and borders should never have a prominent contrary motion, opposed to the main forward movement.

    Industrial Arts Design | William H. Varnum
  • Even in the first bars the contrary motion marks the opposition of these principles.

    Life of Beethoven | Anton Schindler
  • A revolving fluid will continue to change its shape, till it attains that in which its principles of contrary motion are balanced.