countermelody

countermelody

[koun-ter-mel-uh-dee]
noun, plural countermelodies.
a melody heard, played, or sung simultaneously with another melody as an integral part of the composition.

Origin:
1930–35; counter- + melody

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Main Entry:  countermelody
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an accompanying melody that is played simultaneously with the primary melody
Example:  In this famous march, we hear the high piccolos playing a countermelody against the main melody.
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