monodist

monody

[mon-uh-dee]
noun, plural monodies.
1.
a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
2.
a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
3.
Music.
a.
a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
b.
a piece in this style.
c.
monophony ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin monōdia < Greek monōidía a solo, monody, equivalent to monōid(ós) singing alone (see mon-, ode) + -ia -y3

monodist [mon-uh-dist] , noun
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monody (ˈmɒnədɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
1.  (in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
2.  any poem of lament for someone's death
3.  music a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek monōidia, from mono- + aeidein to sing]
 
monodic
 
adj
 
mo'nodical
 
adj
 
mo'nodically
 
adv
 
'monodist
 
n

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