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Sonata Form: Also known as the first-movement form, it's generally used for the
opening movement of the Classical sonata. It consists of an exposition and a development,
followed by the recapitulation.

Exposition: In sonata form, the exposition is the first statement of the theme. Usually
there are two major…

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Polyphonic: A composition that has many voices, each with their own melody, which creates a
thick texture.

Divisi: A directive in ensemble music that instructs one section to divide into two or more
separate sections, each playing a separate part.

Unison: An interval of zero; i.e., the same pitch. Two…


Samuel Richardson


It's important to understand the words used to describe the music of the Classical Period and Mozart, so this glossary of terms is essental reading. 

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