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Musical Form

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Musical Form MUS-22111-009

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Notes from Unit 1
The Understand of Music
Dr. Michael Lee
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repetition, contrast, variation, motive, Beethoven, sequence, Binary, form, trinary, Haydn, surprise, symphony, popular, song, AABA
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Amy Turk on Wednesday April 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS-22111-009 at Kent State University taught by Dr. Michael Lee in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see The Understand of Music in Music at Kent State University.


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Date Created: 04/27/16
MUSICAL FORM ● musical form (musical structure and design) ○ repetition ○ contrast ○ variation ● motive = a short melodic, rhythmic, or harmonic fragment ○ smallest unit of music ○ ex. Beethoven’s 5th ○ sometimes motives are simply repeated, but other times they are used in a sequence ● sequence = a repeated motive at a different pitch level ● a melody is made up of phrases ○ a section of the melody ■ every phrase ends with a cadence = a resting place (musical punctuation) ● binary form = 2-part form (A and B) ○ the opening of Handel’s Water Music ○ there are only 2 primary melody sections and the piece ends with B ● ternary form = A B A ○ the ending of Handel’s Water Music ● variation form = each section is based on the same melody, but the melody is altered in some way ○ Haydn, Surprise Symphony 2nd movement ● popular song form = A A B A


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