Melody & Harmony
The second and third angels of the
Music’ is ‘Melody & Harmony’. A melody is a series of
tones sounding in succession whereas harmony is relationship between the pitches of the
The words Melody and Harmony are from Greek,
meloidia, meaning “singing, chanting” and, harmonia, meaning “joint, agreement, concord”. When notes
played together sound pleasing we say it sounds harmonious (consonant).
The melodic line is often said to refer to the
‘horizontal’ aspect of music, as distinguished from harmony, or the ‘vertical’ aspect.
Counterpoint is the interweaving of melodic
lines whereas polyphony is a play of independent voices.
Chords are the ‘engine’ of harmony and are
often augmented with ‘tensions’. A dissonant chord (chord with tension) will "resolve" to a consonant chord.
Harmonization sounds pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between the consonant and dissonant sounds.
A balance between ‘tense’ and ‘relaxed’ moments.