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In Kyrie (monophonic) and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, the musical elements that I heard were texture, form and melody. Texture is how different musical elements connect.The specific texture that I heard in Kyrie (monophonic) is Monophony because I didn’t hear any instrument accompanying the voice. There was only one voice singing and I couldn’t hear anything else. While in Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, I heard more than one voice in Harmony. The type of texture that I heard was polyphony. You can hear many different parts doing different things. Form is the structure of the music. The form played a role in the music because it shows why the person sings that way. This gives us insight on the genre this is. In Kyrie (monophonic), you can hear the singer switching his pitches and repeating it throughout the whole song. For Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, each musical part has their own way of singing but it all came together. Melody is a unit of pitches sounded in succession to one another. The singer’s melody was repetitive and you could follow along after listening to it for a few seconds in Kyrie (monophonic). For Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, the melody was unpredictable and it felt like they were telling a story with each section of the song. You can hear how they implemented the harmony in the song in the first few seconds of the song. 

My process of close listening to these musical elements was first reading all the slides and then listening to each musical piece to see what they incorporated. I made sure that I read the slides to refresh my memory on all the musical elements that we went over in class that I may have forgotten about. Having the song playing and looking on the slides helped me see which one musical element was the song showing.


  1. I like what you said about the melody of Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. You describing it as telling a story with each section is something I had not thought of but agree with, and I really liked that you described it like that. I also agree that the melody was unpredictable!!

  2. I really like how you connect the musical concepts with the actual experience of the listener! I found it very helpful in understanding what you were saying, as I could personally think back to the “story” that I pictured as well. I also enjoyed how you referenced the creator of the music as often we forget that actual musicians are responsible for the pieces that we listen to, but rather only see them as individual works.

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