a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
a piece in this style.
- mon·o·dist [mon-uh-dist], /ˈmɒn ə dɪst/, noun
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How to use monody in a sentence
In my last communication on this subject, I forgot to remark on the strange title given to the monody on Mr. Browne.
The feature of this dramatic-musical novelty was its musica-parlante—a species of monody, or declamation, claimed to be la Grec.Verdi: Man and Musician | Frederick James Crowest
The clavier by its very nature tended towards polyphony; the violin towards monody.The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
The chorus died; and we heard again the deep monody of the sea, like the admonitory voice of fate.Old Junk | H. M. Tomlinson
Milton's "Lycidas" is a monody on the death of the poet's friend, Edward King.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism | F. V. N. Painter
British Dictionary definitions for monody
(in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
any poem of lament for someone's death
music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment
- monodic (mɒˈnɒdɪk) or monodical, adjective
- monodically, adverb
- monodist, noun
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