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Structure Terms

Terms relating to structure and unity & contrast

TermDefinition
Structure Refers to the order of sections and ideas in a piece of music.
Binary A piece of music comprising two large sections of music e.g. A B.
Ternary A piece of music comprising three large sections of music e.g. A B A
Rondo A more complex musical arrangement that consists of a repeating A B A that is contrasted with a new musical section after each cycle. A B A C A B A D OR A B C A B D A B E A
Theme and Variations A piece of music based around a single musical idea or melody that is embellished and developed throughout a piece of music.
Strophic A piece of music where the melody is the same but lyrics change each time.
12 Bar Blues A harmonic structure/ chord progression used in Early Jazz music consisting of chords I IV V over 12 Bars.
Verse/ Chorus Form The most common musical structure used in contemporary music.
Imitation When an instrument copies the same melody or part of another instrument to create unity.
Call and Response When a short melody played by one voice is answered by another voice. AKA Question and answer.
Unity Elements of a piece of music that create a sense of continuity and sameness.
Contrast Elements of a piece of music that create a sense of variety, interest and difference.
Created by: hwalden