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Beethoven Homophonic Style

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The symphony has three different textures: monophonic, homophonic, and polyphonic. Similar to the Tabuh Pisan piece, there is a monophonic texture in playing the melody. Listening to only the single melody line enables the audience to engrave the melody in their heads without the adornment of an accompaniment line. By using this texture, Beethoven introduces the first melody line the rest of the movement varied off on. Overall, texture changes, homophonic texture, polyphonic texture and monophonic texture, are used to accentuate the technique of theme variation throughout the movement. The polyphonic texture is shown through the fugal melody in measures 117-174. The same melody is played in different parts at different times, which causes the melody to overlap, creating two melodies that are played at the same time. Below is an example of the fugal subject, or melody, played by different parts.…show more content…
In Tabuh Pisan, there are homophonic textures as well as monophonic textures because the solo instrument is not accompanied as it plays in the introduction, however the Gamelan melody later dominates it by playing the melody and is accompanied by the Kendang rhythm. In the Beethoven Symphony, the textures are monophonic, homophonic and polyphonic. Monophonic texture is seen when the melody is introduced by one instrument. It is also homophonic because there are single melody lines that are accompanied by other instruments. However, when it plays a fugue or canon, the texture is polyphonic because there are two melodies present at one time. Thus both pieces show changes of
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