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In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. However, this succession must contain change of some kind and be perceived as a single entity (possibly gestalt) to be called a melody. Most specifically this includes patterns of changing pitcheses and durations, while most generally it includes any interacting patterns of changing events or quality. (DeLone et. al. (Eds.), 1975, chap. 4)

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