Harmony

  • barbershop quartets, such as this us navy group, sing 4-part pieces, made up of a melody line (normally the lead) and 3 harmony parts.

    in music, harmony is the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

    the study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

    harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]

    counterpoint, which refers to the relationship between melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the simultaneous sounding of separate independent voices, are therefore sometimes distinguished from harmony.

    in popular and jazz harmony, chords are named by their root plus various terms and characters indicating their qualities. in many types of music, notably baroque, romantic, modern, and jazz, chords are often augmented with "tensions". a tension is an additional chord member that creates a relatively dissonant interval in relation to the bass.

    typically, in the classical common practice period a dissonant chord (chord with tension) "resolves" to a consonant chord. harmonization usually sounds pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between the consonant and dissonant sounds. in simple words, that occurs when there is a balance between "tense" and "relaxed" moments.

  • etymology and definitions
  • historical rules
  • types of harmony
  • intervals
  • chords and tension
  • perception
  • consonance and dissonance in balance
  • see also
  • references
  • further reading
  • external links

Barbershop quartets, such as this US Navy group, sing 4-part pieces, made up of a melody line (normally the lead) and 3 harmony parts.

In music, harmony is the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]

Counterpoint, which refers to the relationship between melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the simultaneous sounding of separate independent voices, are therefore sometimes distinguished from harmony.

In popular and jazz harmony, chords are named by their root plus various terms and characters indicating their qualities. In many types of music, notably baroque, romantic, modern, and jazz, chords are often augmented with "tensions". A tension is an additional chord member that creates a relatively dissonant interval in relation to the bass.

Typically, in the classical common practice period a dissonant chord (chord with tension) "resolves" to a consonant chord. Harmonization usually sounds pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between the consonant and dissonant sounds. In simple words, that occurs when there is a balance between "tense" and "relaxed" moments.