Term used to describe simultaneous variation of a single melody. Its meaning can range from reference to minute discrepencies in unison performance to complex contrapuntal writing. It applies to much accompanied vocal music of the Near and Far East where an instrument provides an embelished version of a vocal part.
Het`er*oph"o*ny (?), n. [Hetero- + Gr. voice.] Med.
An abnormal state of the voice.
© Webster 1913.
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