One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon.
repeating a melody, that has already be presented in one part, in one or more other parts. The repeated melody can be presented on a different pitch level.
A common device used in polyphonic music. A musical idea that is introduced in one part is played again in other parts. This was especially common in the Renaissance period in masses, motets, and madrigals.