texture

The qualities of music regarding how multiple parts (instruments, voices) combine into a composite whole ranging along a polarity between a homogenous, unified community or a heterogenious multiplicity of individualities.

The word texture is often used in the English language to express general qualities of how something feels. Rough, smooth, bumpy, glossy, elegant, dense, and so on. It is quite natural, when thinking of the expressive qualities of music, to think that texture identifies similarly broad and perhaps subjective perceptions of how music generally feels. This is not the case. When using the technical term with regard to music, texture means something very specific and essentially objective.

vertical aspect: how multiple parts work together.

blend or not: aspect of compositional structure and tone color and reinforcement through numbers

how clearly the separate threads or components stand out in relief from one another.

polyphonic

polyrhythmic

thick, thin

fabric?

chordal

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