Music Theory
Acoustic Composition
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Why is Homophony so prevalent?

The examples we’ve seen so far are common throughout the world, but not nearly as common as homophony. In fact nearly every culture with a musical tradition has some form of homophony in their music.

What is it about this texture that makes it so common?

Simply put, homophony is the easiest way to accompany a monophonic melody while still making it easy to hear and sing along with. As we’ve considered previously, music throughout the world often serves a specific function in society. When music is meant to be sung in a group a homophonic texture will help support the melody in a way that encourages others to join in.