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monody

1. (in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
2. any poem of lament for someone's death
3. Music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment

Monody

 

in ancient Greece, solo singing to the accompaniment of an aulos, cithara, or lyre. The term also denotes a style of solo singing with homophonic accompaniment that originated in Italy in the 16th century and gave rise to such new forms and genres as aria, recitative, opera, and cantata. In a broader sense, “monody” designates any vocal music for a single melodic line (solo, ensemble, or choral in unison or octave) or the vocal part of a composition performed with instrumental accompaniment.


Monody

 

a musical texture consisting of a single melody performed by a singer or an instrumentalist, and frequently by two or more performers (in unison or an octave apart). It differs from polyphonic texture in that no harmonies (simultaneous combinations of nonparallel sounds) are formed. Monody is the only texture found in the folk music of many peoples. The concept of monody is narrower than that of melody, which also includes melodies, a concept that is inconceivable without accompaniment. Nonetheless, “monody” sometimes refers to a solo song with instrumental accompaniment.

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Together with Berti's first canzonettas, these monodies form an integral part of the genre in its early years in Venice.
The fact that Alessandro Grandi turned to the solo song can now perhaps best be understood as a response to the burgeoning interest shown by Venetian patrons for monodies written by composers such as Berti, Milanuzzi and Bartolomeo Barbarino.
The Romano anthologies corroborate the notion that Grandi made a relatively late foray into the genre of monody, for patterns of textual concordances between them and Grandi's arias suggest a printing date of late 1618 or 1619 for his earliest monodies.
Besides establishing the precedence of Berti's and Milanuzzi's monodies over Grandi's, Romano's anthologies shed light on three other issues concerning Venetian monody.
The nine prints of monodies by Ottavio Durante, Antonio Cifra, Paolo Quagliati, and Andrea Falconieri known to have been in the Montalto family library in the seventeenth century are also problematic.
In a ny case, the question whether these monodies (and for that matter, works in the other sacred prints are to be linked to performances around Cardinal Montalto probably requires further exploration.
23 is a collection of monodies sent or carried back to Florence by Orlandi during the period 1609-12, when, in the service of Cardinal Ferdinando Gonzaga, he lived in Rome but visited Florence" (1:217).
Rene Jacobs directs a vocal and instrumental ensemble drawn from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in a wide variety of Grandi's motets, including monodies, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and dialogues, some with sinfonias and obbligato instruments.