Texture Texture is another one of the concepts that benefits from hearing audio/

Published by

Feb 10, 2023


Struggling with a similar assignment? Don’t know where to start? Don’t have time to work on this? Get a high-quality paper written for you from scratch – PLAGIARISM FREE, guaranteed to get you a good grade. To get started, please click on the Submit Your Instructions at the bottom of the page.

Texture is another one of the concepts that benefits from hearing audio/musical illustrations and discussion on, rather than simply reading about it, so I made this audio discussion on that topic. Go ahead and start with this recording, and then continue with the notes and examples below. Hope you enjoy it and find this helpful. It’s never gonna let you down!
(This recording is also found as a link on the LM 2 folder, in case you want to listen again.)
-It’s easy to mix up polyphonic and homophonic. For homophonic: think most pop/rock/mainstream music. Lead Singer with accompaniment. Lead Singer with guitar. Or even singer with back-up band. The point is one aspect of the music (the melody-sung by the lead singer) is more important than the other elements. Most pop/rock is in a homophonic texture.
-Monophonic uses only a single melody. It can be performed by larger groups of people (like Gregorian Chant, used in a textbook example), but they all have to be singing/performing the same thing. Monophonic is actually pretty rare in pop/rock music (or any type of music), unless the singer is singing a solo with no one else playing, and no instruments. Pretty unusual. Did the recording above help at all? do you have any other thoughts on the differences between these textures or ways to help identify them? If you have other tips or questions, feel free to post on the discussion thread!
So, let’s practice with some examples. A couple of these change throughout, so, I’ll post the composer/title, the video, and where the changes happen/where to listen.
-Beach Boys: God Only Knows
What changes at 2:05?
-Bob Marley: Redemption Song
The texture changes after the Intro at :20, and stays the same pretty much the rest of the song. -Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Solea from Sketches of Spain
This example from the great Miles Davis is a bit longer, but absolutely worth the listen. The main shifts in texture I’d like you to focus on happen at the very beginning and then at 1:52 through about 2:30…what do you think they are? Do you notice changes in texture at any other points? Answers will be posted in a discussion thread later this week!
Anyone want to venture a guess on the meter types (review from LM1) for these…?
Major or Minor? Identify By Listening
Another aspect of music I’d like for you to start listening for is whether you’re hearing a major key or minor key. The textbook goes into a great deal of technical detail about the differences between the two; even though the scale patterns have a lot in common, there are some crucial differences that make them sound quite different from each other. As mentioned on page 19, in most cases, music in a major key tends to sound cheerful, happy, joyful. Minor keys usually sound sad, somber, or angry. There are lots of exceptions to that, but just keep listening for these differences; it’s also usually discussed in the textbook listening Guides for examples we’ll cover in the future.
Major Key
Minor Key
Here are some examples that I think would be helpful for practice. Is each one major or minor? -François Couperin: The Mysterious Barricades -Destiny’s Child: Bills, Bills, Bills
-Super Mario Bros. (Listen between 0:07 and 0:39)
-Stevie Wonder: Pastime Paradise
Pastime Paradise probably sounds familiar as it was later famously sampled by Coolio, but this is the original. Great song! I’ll post the answers in a later discussion thread. Moving Along!…
String Quartets
You learned about lots of various common chamber ensemble types in these chapters. The most common one that’s had a huge, long-lasting, diverse repertory in classical music is undoubtedly the string quartet. Just wanted to provide some quick examples to show the immense variety of sounds this relatively small group is capable of achieving. 1. Know standard the instrumentation.
2. There is a LOT of important music for this ensemble. And despite limited instrumentation, capable of a diverse variety of sounds, such as:
– Joseph Haydn: “The Joke”
– Béla Bartók: String Quartet #4, Movement 5
– Ramallah Underground feat. The Kronos Quartet: Tashweesh
(note: This example incorporates electronics along with the String Quartet Instruments.)
– George Crumb: Black Angels, Movement 1: “Departure”
Can you think of a few adjectives for each of these String Quartet examples to describe the timbre or overall character (either using musical terms or in your own words)? What makes them sound unique from each other, despite using the same instruments? I’d be interested to see some ideas!
Anyways, I think it’s crazy how such a small, relatively limited group of instruments can sound totally different from one piece to the next.
That’s all for now! Have a good one!


Need Writing Help? Our writing specialists are here 24/7, every day of the year, ready to support you! Instantly chat with an online tutor below or click here to submit your paper instructions to the writing team.

More than just an assignment.

Explore Now →

Who is this homework service for?

* If you are having a really hard class and want to get through it, then this is for you.

* If you have a medical emergency or someone close to you has a medical emergency and you don’t think you’ll be able to turn your assignment on time, this is definitely a service you could use.

* You can use us if you are having a tough Professor who won’t give you the grades you deserve.

* If you have a tight work schedule and you are getting points deducted for not submitting assignments on time.

* English might not be your first language and you feel like you are being left behind in class because of it.

* If you have a large project coming up and don’t think you have enough time to get it done well, definitely reach out to us.


Super stoked you are checking us out! We would like to help you with your assignment. We just need a few things from you:

* The full assignment instructions as they appear on your school account.

* If a Rubric is present, make sure to attach it.

* Any relevant weekly readings or learning resources.

* Include any special announcements or emails you might have gotten from your Professor regarding your assignment.

* Any templates or additional files required to complete the assignment.

If your assignment is somewhat complex and you need to explain it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via live chat. 



Frequently asked questions

How soon can I get my paper done?

It depends with your deadline. If you need your paper completed in 3 hours, we will deliver it in that time. All you need to do is indicate your deadline in our custom order page here. Alternatively, if you are sending us your instructions via email, please be sure to indicate your deadline.

Will it be completely original? I don't want to be caught in a case of Academic Integrity Violation.

We are as paranoid as you are. Maybe even more! And we understand that the greatest sin you can commit in your academic journey is plagiarizing your academic work. To that end, we have made sure that we check and double-check our papers using high quality plagiarism detection tools such as SafeAssign and Turnitin before submitting the paper to you.

Who is my writer? Is he/she a native English Speaker?

All our writers are native English Speakers. That is not to say that ESL writers are not good, we just prefer hiring native writers because we want the very best people working on your paper. This might mean paying a little bit more for your paper as opposed to when you pay a foreign company whose writers are non-native English Speakers.

What if I need revisions? Will your charge additional for this?

Of course not! If you do happen to require a revision on your paper, our team will handle it for you free of charge. Matter of fact, we won’t rest till you are happy with your paper. So, ask for as many revisions as you need, it’s completely FREE!

Will you give me my money back if I don't like my paper?

We have very few instances where we delivered a paper that a client didn’t fall in love with. But if it so happens that you don’t like your paper for any reason whatsoever, we’ll refund your money back no questions asked.

I have more assignments after this, can you help me with those too?

Of course! And what’s even better is that we can reserve a writer permanently to work on your entire class. This comes in handy for projects which build up on each other and where you need just one writer, one writing style.

I got my order information wrong, can I change that?

Yes you can. Just reach out to our support team via email (support@essaynook.com) or live chat here and they’ll help you change the instructions.

Can I place an order via email instead of going through the order page?

Yes you can. Email Anna at anna@essaynook.com, she’s in charge of our sales team. Alternatively, you can talk to our Live Chat team here and request to speak to Anna.

Trusted by Thousands of Students

Delivering quality assignments since 2007

%d bloggers like this: