Counter-melody

Counter-melody

[koun-ter-mel-uh-dee]
In music, counter-melody (often one word, countermelody) is a sequence of notes, perceived as a melody, written to be played simultaneously with a more prominent melody.

Typically a counter-melody performs a subordinate role, and is heard in a texture consisting of a melody plus accompaniment. The more formal term countersubject applies to a secondary or subordinate melodic idea in a fugue.

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