Monophony music consisting of a single line or melody without an accompaniment that is regarded as a part of the work itself. Polyphony music that simultaneously combines several lines; music combining several lines, each of which retains its identity as a line to some degree. Equal-voiced polyphony (each line just as important) Homophony music in which melodic interest is concentrated in one voice or part that is provided with a subordinate accompaniment. Basso continuo a small ensemble of at least two instrumentalists who provide a foundation for the melody or melodies above it; heard exclusively in baroque. Alberti bass instead of having pitches of a chord sound together, notes are played in succession to provide continual stream of sound, giving harmony and thinning the texture. Tertian harmony but often avoids major cadences. Charles ives, three places in new england: putnam"s camp.