Instrumental melody
(IN-struh-men-tul MEL-oe-dee)


[Eng.]


A melody composed and intended to be performed primarily on a specific instrument rather than on any instrument or voice. The melody is idiomatic to the intended instrument and would not be comfortable nor easy to perform with the voice or on another type of instrument.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Schoenberg: VerklŠrte Nacht, Op. 4
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 39
Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 9
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 36
Debussy: Syrinx for Flute Solo
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 52
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 1

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