Harmonic music is any music that makes use of harmony, which is any simultaneous combination of notes, especially when arranged in chords and intervals in a pleasing or interesting way. By comparison, nonharmonic music is music with only a single melodic line, such as an unaccompanied solo voice.Continue Reading
The two defining elements of music are melody and rhythm. Melody defines the pitches or tones used and the order in which they occur. Rhythm defines the duration of each pitch and the silences between them.
Much early church music was monophonic in nature, meaning it featured only one voice. In practice, these unaccompanied melodies were often sung by multiple voices in unison and in octaves but without harmony. With the end of the Renaissance, harmony became an increasingly important part of music. Beginning as simple parallel melodies sung in intervals of perfect fourths and fifths, harmony gradually expanded to include chords and intervals of increasing complexity.Learn more about Playing Music