‘Melodic Material’ is indeed what would be used in Italian too; it makes sense 
and that’s what the matter is about, nevertheless there may be an alternative 
term. I’ll be using many of them to indicate the sets of notes - ahead of a 
series of melodies to be sung (and from where the melodies are composed),  on 
which to practice by improvising short motifs.

Giovanni Andreani


> On 14 Dec 2018, at 11:46, David H. Bailey <dhbaile...@comcast.net> wrote:
> On 12/14/2018 4:50 AM, Giovanni Andreani wrote:
>> If possible, this question is for those fond of the theoretical aspect of 
>> music. Not merely related to Finale, although I thought that this list’s 
>> opinion could favour some remarkable responses.
>> How would you define, in a generic way, a set of notes to be used for 
>> composing a melody? For example, how could  C,D,E,G,A - forming a pentatonic 
>> scale - or C,D,E,F,G - forming a major pentachord - or A#,B,C - forming a 
>> cromatic trichord - be commonly defined ? I can’t find a satisfying 
>> definition: 'melodic structure’ implies aspects more related to the 
>> architechture of the composition, ‘series' implies a set of sounds to be 
>> taken in a particular order. “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman” is composed using 
>> the first six notes of a major scale, thus forming an hexachord, but how 
>> would it generally be defined?
> Possibly "melodic material."  But that gives no real idea about what's 
> included other than to indicate that the set of notes is what the melody is 
> built from.  If that's what you're looking for, I guess it would work.
> To what use to you hope to put whatever you decide is the best suggestion?
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> David H. Bailey
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