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In music, a melody is a sequence of notes, each heard separately.

The main theme is called the melody. It consists of one or more musical phrases[?], and is usually repeated throughout the song in various forms. Different musical styles use melody in different ways. For example:

  • In western classical music, composers introduce an initial melody and then create variations. Classical music often has several melodic layers, such as those in a fugue. Richard Wagner popularized the concept of a leitmotif: a melody associated with a certain idea, person or place.

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