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Area of Study
Five
Structure and Form

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Definition of Key
Terms
Key Word Definition
Structure/Form Terms to describe the way musical ideas are arranged and
ordered in a composition
Repetition Repeating musical phrases or sections of the music
Contrast A musical section that is different from what has been heard before
Binary A piece of music in…

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Ternary A piece of music in three sections (A B A)
Call and Response The opening phrase is answered or completed by one or
more other musicians
Rondo Music in at least 5 sections where the first section (A) is repeated after
each new contrasting
section (B, C, etc.)
Theme…

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Definition of Key
Terms
Key Word Definition
Da capo aria An aria in ternary form
Cyclic A composition where the theme recurs, possibly in different styles,
throughout the work
Ground Bass Music where a bass pattern (or melody in the bass) is repeated
a number of times while the parts…

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Continuo This refers to the type of bass part written in the baroque period,
consisting of a bass line with,
sometimes, the addition of figures indicating the harmonies to be played, known
as a figured bass
Cadenza A solo vocal or instrumental passage improvising on music previously
heard in the…

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Structure and form are words that are
used to describe the way musical ideas
are arranged and ordered ina
composition
In most pieces of music, this is
concerned with how a composer
balances repetition and contrast
Repetition of previous musical material

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is useful in creating a sense of unity
within a piece, although too much
repetition can result in the music
becoming predictable and boring

Structure and Form

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There are many ways in which contrasts or
changes to the music can be introduced ­ for
example, the introduction of a new melody, a
new key, or different harmonies or
instrumentation
This adds variety and interest, but too much
contrast may make the music seem confusing

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and lacking in shape
It is usual to identify the different sections in a
piece of music by using letter names, so that
the opening section would be called A, and
each new, contrasting section would be given a
different letter name
If a section is repeated, it has the…

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There is also usually a change of key, or modulation
during Section A, so that it ends in a new key
In minor keys the modulation is typically to the relative
major, although it may end with an imperfect cadence
The second section of the piece (B) begins in the…

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Pages in this set

Page 1

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Area of Study
Five
Structure and Form

Page 2

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Definition of Key
Terms
Key Word Definition
Structure/Form Terms to describe the way musical ideas are arranged and
ordered in a composition
Repetition Repeating musical phrases or sections of the music
Contrast A musical section that is different from what has been heard before
Binary A piece of music in…

Page 3

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Ternary A piece of music in three sections (A B A)
Call and Response The opening phrase is answered or completed by one or
more other musicians
Rondo Music in at least 5 sections where the first section (A) is repeated after
each new contrasting
section (B, C, etc.)
Theme…

Page 4

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Definition of Key
Terms
Key Word Definition
Da capo aria An aria in ternary form
Cyclic A composition where the theme recurs, possibly in different styles,
throughout the work
Ground Bass Music where a bass pattern (or melody in the bass) is repeated
a number of times while the parts…

Page 5

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Continuo This refers to the type of bass part written in the baroque period,
consisting of a bass line with,
sometimes, the addition of figures indicating the harmonies to be played, known
as a figured bass
Cadenza A solo vocal or instrumental passage improvising on music previously
heard in the…

Page 6

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Structure and form are words that are
used to describe the way musical ideas
are arranged and ordered ina
composition
In most pieces of music, this is
concerned with how a composer
balances repetition and contrast
Repetition of previous musical material

Page 7

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is useful in creating a sense of unity
within a piece, although too much
repetition can result in the music
becoming predictable and boring

Structure and Form

Page 8

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There are many ways in which contrasts or
changes to the music can be introduced ­ for
example, the introduction of a new melody, a
new key, or different harmonies or
instrumentation
This adds variety and interest, but too much
contrast may make the music seem confusing

Page 9

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and lacking in shape
It is usual to identify the different sections in a
piece of music by using letter names, so that
the opening section would be called A, and
each new, contrasting section would be given a
different letter name
If a section is repeated, it has the…

Page 10

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There is also usually a change of key, or modulation
during Section A, so that it ends in a new key
In minor keys the modulation is typically to the relative
major, although it may end with an imperfect cadence
The second section of the piece (B) begins in the…

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