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The following article consists of an explanation on texture and timbre.
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Texture & Timbre
In a musical context, texture refers to the overarching, birds-eye sound or feel of a piece as determined by the relationship of its melody as it relates to any accompanying chords or other melodies. Monophony refers to a melody played by itself, without accompaniment. Heterophony consists of a melody accompanied by chords sketching a different melody. Homophony consists of melodies accompanied by chords whose harmonies echo and accentuate the melody. Polyphony consists of several different melodies played simultaneously. Texture can also be impacted by the type of instrument used to play the piece, the number of instruments, and the spacing of different parts played by different instruments.
Timbre, also referred to as tone color or simply color, is a term for the subjective quality of a particular instrument or human voice. It does not refer to pitch, dynamics, articulation, or emphasis, but rather the specific quality of an instrument. For example, the timbre of a horn instrument can be changed by placing a mute in the bell, and the timbre of a piano can be changed by holding down the sustain pedal. There is no specific musical notation used to indicate timbre or changes in timbre.