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Music

Melody

Devices

A musical device is a technique for achieving a particular artistic effect.

Imitation

Imitation is where a melody in one part is repeated a few notes later in a different part, overlapping the melody in the first part which continues. For example, a flute may imitate a tune just played by the oboe.

Sometimes imitations contain slight changes to the tune, to make it more interesting. These changes might be:

  • Changes in octave. It could be played higher or lower.
  • Adding ornaments.
  • Playing at a different speed.

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