- a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
- a piece in this style.
- monophony (def. 1).
Origin of monody
OTHER WORDS FROM monodymon·o·dist [mon-uh-dist], /ˈmɒn ə dɪst/, noun
Words nearby monody
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