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countermelody

[koun-ter-mel-uh-dee] /ˈkaʊn tərˌmɛl ə di/
noun, plural countermelodies.
1.
a melody heard, played, or sung simultaneously with another melody as an integral part of the composition.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; counter- + melody
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Contemporary definitions for counter-melody
noun

an accompanying melody that is played simultaneously with the primary melody

Examples

In this famous march, we hear the high piccolos playing a countermelody against the main melody.

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