Parody

   Technique by which a composer employs a preexisting composition to create a new one, using its melodic ideas, imitative patterns, harmonic structures, etc. to whatever extent he sees fit. The concept of borrowing music to begin a new piece is as old asWestern music and exists in most other traditions in some form, but "parody" usually refers to the practice of reconfiguring a polyphonic composition, prevalent in the 16th–18th centuries. Two repertories of parody most frequently heard today are the parody masses of the 16th century and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, who parodied his secular cantatas to create church cantatas with new texts and parodied both kinds to build such large works as the Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in B Minor.
   Historians and critics who came of age with Romantic prejudices about artistic originality were once embarrassed when they realized the great extent to which Bach, George Frideric Handel, and other Baroque masters parodied their own works and those of others. More recently, studies have shown that parody usually demanded more effort from the composer than the creation of a new work from scratch. The large repertory of parody masses in particular shows intense reworking and filling out of models.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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  • parody — I noun amphigory, apery, buffoonery, burlesque, caricature, cartoon, comical representation, distortion, exaggeration, farce, imitation, lampoon, ludicrous imitation, mime, mimicry, mockery, mummery, pasquinade, ridicula imitatio, ridicule,… …   Law dictionary

  • parody — par o*dy (p[a^]r [ o]*d[y^]), n.; pl. {Parodies} (p[a^]r [ o]*d[i^]z). [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di a; para beside + w,dh a song: cf. F. parodie. See {Para }, and {Ode}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A writing in which the language or sentiment of an author is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parody — par o*dy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {parodied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {parodying}.] [Cf. F. parodier.] To write a parody upon; to burlesque. [1913 Webster] I have translated, or rather parodied, a poem of Horace. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parody# — parody n travesty, *caricature, burlesque Analogous words: skit, squib, lampoon, *libel parody vb travesty, caricature, burlesque (see under CARICATURE n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parody — [n] imitation, spoof apology, burlesque, caricature, cartoon, copy, derision, farce, irony, jest, joke, lampoon, mime, mimicry, misrepresentation, mockery, mock heroic*, pastiche, play on*, raillery, rib*, ridicule, roast*, satire, send up*, skit …   New thesaurus

  • parody — ► NOUN (pl. parodies) 1) an amusingly exaggerated imitation of the style of a writer, artist, or genre. 2) a feeble imitation. ► VERB (parodies, parodied) ▪ produce a parody of. DERIVATIVES paro …   English terms dictionary

  • parody — [par′ə dē] n. pl. parodies [Fr parodie < L parodia < Gr parōidia, burlesque song < para , beside (see PARA 1) + ōidē, song (see ODE)] 1. a) a literary or musical work imitating the characteristic style of some other work or of a writer… …   English World dictionary

  • Parody — A parody (pronounced|ˈpɛɹədiː US, [Help:IPA| [ˈpaɹədiː] UK), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, or author, by means of humorous or satiric imitation. As the literary… …   Wikipedia

  • parody — parodiable, adj. /par euh dee/, n., pl. parodies, v., parodied, parodying. n. 1. a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet s soliloquy. 2. the genre of literary composition… …   Universalium

  • parody — noun 1 writing/speech/music ADJECTIVE ▪ brilliant, clever ▪ funny, hilarious ▪ cruel ▪ song (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • parody — par|o|dy1 [ˈpærədi] n plural parodies [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: parodia, from Greek, from para ( PARA ) + aidein to sing ] 1.) [U and C] a piece of writing, music etc or an action that copies someone or something in an amusing way parody …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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