In the introduction to Alice Parker’s groundbreaking “The Anatomy of Melody: Exploring the Single Line of Song, she writes,
Western music is the only society to list harmony right up there in the trinity of msical greats. But I don’t think it belongs there. If melody (tones) and rhythm (time) are intrinsic to human beings, then harmony is a subset of melody. It is no more on the same level as melody than vertical combinations of rhythmic figures would be equal to rhythm itself. Should we say melody, harmony, rhythm, and polyrhythms?
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