Melody

A melody is a succession of sounds that is perceived as a single entity. It unfolds in a linear sequence, that is, over time, and has its own identity and meaning within a particular sound environment.

In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitches and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term has sometimes been expanded to include successions of other musical elements such as timbre. The melody can be considered to be the foreground with respect to the background accompaniment. But a melodic line or a voice is not necessarily a melody in the first degree. In itself the melody is made up of rhythms, sounds, heights…