What is harmony?

  • (noun): A harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole.
    Synonyms: concord, concordance
    See also — Additional definitions below


In music, harmony is the use of simultaneous pitches (tones, notes), or chords. The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them. Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect. Counterpoint, which refers to the interweaving of melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the relationship of separate independent voices, are thus sometimes distinguished from harmony.

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More definitions of "harmony":

  • (noun): The structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords.
    Synonyms: musical harmony
  • (noun): Compatibility in opinion and action.
    Synonyms: harmoniousness
  • (noun): An agreeable sound property.

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