melody

In any musical composition, there is a dominant line that creates a tone pattern known as the piece's melody. There are specific rules for the musical composition of a melody, and most fall into regular patterns.

The ancient Greek word melōidía was used to denote a tune for lyric poetry. It was derived from melos, which meant "song." In most songs, the melody follows a logical, mathematical pattern that creates a memorable line of notes. The word suggests a beautiful and pleasant sound, as was celebrated in the 1946 Irving Berlin lyrics, "A pretty girl is like a melody that haunts you night and day."

Definitions of melody
  1. noun
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    synonyms: air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, strain, tune
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    fanfare, flourish, tucket
    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    glissando
    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
    roulade
    (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable
    leitmotif, leitmotiv
    a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
    theme song
    a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
    signature, signature tune, theme song
    a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
    idea, melodic theme, musical theme, theme
    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    part, voice
    the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
    slide, swoop
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    motif, motive
    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
    statement
    (music) the presentation of a musical theme
    variation
    a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
    primo
    the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    secondo
    the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    voice part
    a part written for a singer
    accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment, support
    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    bass, bass part
    the lowest part in polyphonic music
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    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  2. noun
    the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
    synonyms: tonal pattern
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    musical perception
    the auditory perception of musical sounds
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