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GCSE Music

AoS5 Structure & Form

TermDefinition
Binary form 'A' section followed by 'B' section
Ternary form 'A' section, 'B' section, 'A' section repeated
Rondo form ABACADA etc. Each section returns to the first melody
Popular song form Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Middle 8, Instrumetal section all used
Strophic form A, A, A etc. or Verse, verse, verse etc. The same melody repeats each time.
Arch shape (form) The piece begins and ends in the same way - has a symmetary to it.
Theme & Variation A melody than having being heard is then used again and again, but each time it changes in some way:- tonality, rhytmically, time signature, tempo etc.
Ground Bass A repeating bass line (riff?) over which the tune plays and is then altered, often getting more elaborate.
Canon A melody/tune that is imitated by individual parts at regular intervals. Also called a round.
Cadenza Found at the end of a section of music where a soloist can 'show off' by playing very elaborate and complex music, frequently IMPROVISED, before finishing normally.
Created by: kipple