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Although polyphony literally means more than one sound, and so any example of non- unison doubling or accompaniment would be polyphony in the strict denotational sense, the word generally has a more specific connotation. Namely, it suggests that there is melodic interest in each part, and rhythmic distinction between each part. It frequently implies even rhythmic independence. Homophony , in contrast, implies no such independence. In homophonic music, multiple parts generally move in the same rhythm. This could also be called chordal music. One could therefore suggest that early note-against-note organum is homophonic , but the word is not generally used in that context.

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