heterophony

[het-uh-rof-uh-nee]

noun Music.

the simultaneous performance of the same melodic line, with slight individual variations, by two or more performers.

Nearby words

  1. heterophemia,
  2. heterophemy,
  3. heterophil,
  4. heterophil antigen,
  5. heterophonia,
  6. heterophoria,
  7. heterophthalmus,
  8. heterophyes,
  9. heterophyiasis,
  10. heterophyllous

Origin of heterophony

First recorded in 1940–45; hetero- + -phony

Related formshet·er·o·phon·ic [het-er-uh-fon-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for heterophonic

heterophony

noun

the simultaneous performance of different versions of the same melody by different voices or instruments
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