Musical Forms and Devices: Keywords

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These words cover AOS1: Musical Forms and Devices.

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Repetition
Melodies, rhythms or phrases that reoccur at different times
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Contrasts
Change of different musical elements (EG: Pitch, Dynamics, Tonality...)
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Anacrusis
A note or sequence of notes which precedes the first downbeat in a bar
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Imitation
When one voice or instrument part copies another
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Sequence
Repetition of a melodic or harmonic phrase in the same part, but at a higher or lower pitch
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Ostinato
A repeated melodic, rhythmic or harmonic pattern in the music
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Syncopation
Notes accented off the beat, the weak part of the beat is often emphasized.
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Dotted Rhythms
A rhythm in which the beat is unequally subdivided into a long dotted note and a short note
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Drone
A note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece
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Pedal
A single note that is held or repeated (usually in the bass part)
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Canon
Two or more parts sing or play the same music starting at different times
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Conjunct
Melodies created by moving step-by-step
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Disjunct
The opposite of Conjunct: Where melodies are created by leaps
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Broken Chord
Where the notes of a chord are played individually, one after another, rather than all at once
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Alberti Bass
An arpeggiated accompaniment, where the notes of the chord are presented in the order: lowest, highest, middle, highest
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Card 2

Front

Change of different musical elements (EG: Pitch, Dynamics, Tonality...)

Back

Contrasts

Card 3

Front

A note or sequence of notes which precedes the first downbeat in a bar

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

When one voice or instrument part copies another

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Repetition of a melodic or harmonic phrase in the same part, but at a higher or lower pitch

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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