As we know from Melo-rhythm and Melo-harmony,
an Entity is a complete section which "closes" and is followed by a breath.
Each component of Melody (its rhythm, its harmony, and its lines)
has its own specific definition of "Entity"
In Melo-lines, the defining characteristic of an Entity is Orbit 1, placed on the Beat of a Cell.
It is the orbit on which Melody "closes", and it is followed by a breath.
Orbit 2 (possibly Orbit 0), placed on the Beat of a Cell,
leaves the Melody "open" and is not followed by a breath,
(or at least by a much smaller one).
Orbit 2 is the one most frequently used as a Langer Hinge.
On the M34 Chord Pattern, we saw, on the preceding page, the two Melo-lines -
1. Orbit 1 / Orbit 1 \ Orbit 2 / Orbit 1, the notes C / D \ B / C and
2. Orbit 1 (substituting for Orbit 3) / Orbit 2 \ Orbit 1 / Orbit 1, the notes C - B - D - C
The first is composed of two entities, with a breath between the two,
but the second has only one entity, with no appreciable breath.
The second example, with only one entity, seems the most satisfactory at the end of a song.
We will be seeing numerous examples of Entities in the following pages
as we see both Analysis and Generation.
In Melo-harmony, as we now well know, the defining characteristic of an Entity is the 4 Chord Pattern
composed of DOMINANT / TONIC.
The 2-cell Patterns (34 - 74 - 54) as well as
all the valid possibilities of 4-cell Patterns in the Table
are also Entities.
However, all repetitions and combinations (44 - 3434 - 3474)
should not be mistaken for an Entity.
In Melo-rhythm, as we now well know, the defining characteristic of an Entity is the Masculine Rhyme
with a Cell KM composed of a Kinetic Off-beat and the Masculine Rhyme on the Beat.
However, Masculine rhymes may be placed WITHIN a large Entity
which has a Feminine Rhyme at its center KM KF KM KM.
In a Melody, or section of a Melody, it is preferable to have a diversity of "Entity-lengths"
so that the three components (lines, harmony, and rhythm) do not all breathe at the same time.
When their Entities are of three different sizes, as only too rarely happens,
the result is truly striking and most satisfactory.
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