"Soul of a musical work named melody Dmitry Shostakovich. As "the most significant facet of music determined Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. Melody - "the chief charm, the main charm of the art of sounds, without it, all pale, dead, in spite of the forced harmonic combination of all the wonders of counterpoint and orchestration," wrote the once great Russian musician, composer and critic A. Serov.
The Greek word "melodia" means singing songs and comes from two roots: melos (song) and ode (singing). In musical science melody is defined as a monophonic musical expressed thought. This expressive melody, which can transfer various images, feelings, moods.
There are pieces of music, particularly folk songs, which consist of only one melody. Features and essays called "Melody", for example, Melody S. Rachmaninoff.
Sergei Rachmaninoff. Melody
In the professional music melody complement other components of harmony, instrumentation, various techniques of polyphonic writing.