monody

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n monody music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Monody A species of poem of a mournful character, in which a single mourner expresses lamentation; a song for one voice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monody In music:
    • n monody A style of composition in which one voice-part decidedly preponderates in interest over the others; homophony: opposed to polyphony, in which all the voice-parts are equally important. The term is specially applied to the modern style which arose somewhat before 1600 in Italy, and which led rapidly to the invention and great popularity of the opera, the oratorio, and the instrumental suite. The style itself had long before been known in popular songs and dances, but only then asserted itself as a controlling power in artistic music.
    • n monody A piece written in monodic style; a melody, tune, or air, usually for the voice.
    • n monody A composition written in one part only; a solo. Also monophony.
    • n monody Monotonous sound; monotonousness of sound.
    • n monody A poem in which grief for the death of the subject of the poem is expressed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monody mon′ō-di a mournful ode or poem in which a single mourner bewails: a song for one voice: monotonous sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. monodia, Gr. , fr. singing alone; mo`nos single + song: cf. F. monodie,. See Ode

Usage

In literature:

Stroke by stroke, the great familiar monody of that incomparable curfew rose and fell in the stillness.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
I hadn't gone more than two miles before I turned a corner an' came face to face with ol' Monody.
"Happy Hawkins" by Robert Alexander Wason
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
But the Monody never appeared: the poet died, his young wife too.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Lengthy monodies, monologues and episodical specialties.
"The Dramatic Values in Plautus" by Wilton Wallace Blancke
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" by Edgar Allan Poe
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The lips of Chingachgook had so far parted, as to announce that it was the monody of the father.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin
For money the cranes of the pumps creaked their monody.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
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In poetry:

Compass, quadrant and sextant contrive
No farther tides . . . High in the azure steeps
Monody shall not wake the mariner.
This fabulous shadow only the sea keeps.
"At Melville's Tomb" by Harold Hart Crane