Ontmusic13. What is melody?
AN ATTEMPT AT A DEFINITION OF MELODY: A ROW of repeated (1) ascending and descending (2) intervals which (3) organised and moving rhythmically (4) contains in itself a latent harmony and (5) which gives back a certain atmosphere of feeling; which can and does exist (6) independent of text for expression and (7) independent of accompanying voices for form; and in the performance of which the choice of pitch (8) and of instrument (9) exercise no change over its essence.
- "Melody" by Dr. Lily B. Gardner, September 19, 2012
- Ferruccio Busoni,The Essence of Music and Other Papers, Translated from the German from Von Der Einheit Der Musik And Vesen Und Einheit Der Musik (originally published in 1922) by Rosamond Ley, Philosophical Library, New York, 1957, p. 33.