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I chose to listen to Kyrie (monophonic) and Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla”. Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla ” was a very interesting piece of music. The melody had a lot of different pitches. A melody is a unit of pitched sounded in succession, one after another. In some of the songs, such as “Pallavi”, there was harmony. Harmony is the sounding of two or more pitches at the same time. I found the harmony to be quite consonant. Many of the songs had a timbre which is the particular sound or color of an instrument that makes it unique. Some songs had violin and drums in it. The particular drums used were unique since they sounded like a type of African drum being played lightly. The violin was also an interesting and unique instrument which added the music piece. Kyrie (monophonic) was also a very interesting piece. It sounded a lot like a song sung in church. Many of the songs, such as “Surge Illuminare Jerusalem” had harmony. The harmony sounded very beautiful. Harmony is the sounding of two or more pitched at the same times and that is exactly what they were doing. There is a very high pitched voice and a very low pitched voice singing together. The musical piece had a very specific form used by choruses. Form is the overall shape or structure of the piece of music. Many of the music pieces had choruses which repeated the same melody and words. The songs in the collection also have great rhythm. Rhythm is the way the music is organized into distinct time units. There is a very slow tempo in many of the songs. Tempo is the speed at which the piece of music or part of it is played.

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