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Melody Structure

Conjunct

A melody that moves smoothly up and down the scale by steps.

Disjunct

Moves primarily by leap to a large extent

Cadence

A melodic rhythmic and harmonic formula that marks the end of a phrase

Counter melody

A secondary melody layered on top of an initial melody

Scale

A system where all the tones used in a piece are arranged from slowest to fastest.

Interval

The distance between two pitches

Melodic interval

The distance between two pitches that follow one after another.

Octave

An interval of an eight, and it is the most famous.

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