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Formal analysis is used to describe the large-scale pacing of a musical work.

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How does Sonata Form fit into a Waltz?

After analyzing Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18, I noticed something about the form of the waltz. I thought at first, that this waltz by Chopin is in ternary form, like most dance pieces. However, there ...
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In what form are the pieces “12 Days of Christmas” and “Green Grow the Rushes-O”?

The two pieces in the title share similar forms. I want to know what the name for this form is, if there is one. Basically, the form appears to be a repetition with an additional numbered fragment ...
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Effective Verse-Chorus Pairs in Rock Songwriting [closed]

Ken Stephenson, in What to Listen for in Rock, holds that harmonic contrasts help delineate form in rock music. "In rock, where repetition of harmonic patterns is so common," he explains, "any break ...
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Composing a polonaise, anything else to consider?

So the thought has came to me several times to write a polonaise. I'm not Polish so I barely know anything about that side of the polonaise. But so far I have come across these commonalities across ...
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Can bagatelles be in Sonata Form?

I am composing a bagatelle and it is turning out to be sort of a hybrid between your typical bagatelle and a sonata. However, even once the piece is finished, it would be too short for me to put ...
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Eighth Slash Notes for a Simile

I know that if you want to make a SIMILE part, you can put as my picture, quarter notes then convert in Sibelius to SLASH NOTATION and enter the text that says SIMILE. Here is the photo: https://ibb....
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song form in pop/rock music

I am stuck with one of my songs, and I believe this question relates to form--an area which I don't know much about. The form of the song was as follows: Intro Verse Bridge Chorus This part is then ...
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What are Antecedent & Consequent Phrases in Music?

I've never heard the terms before: Antecedent and consequent phrases they seem to be elements of a period. It seems to be evident that I am not the only one ...
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Beginner looking to learn/master musical theory and instrumental ability. Where should I begin? [closed]

I have always had a subtle but under the hood feel that music is for me. I've never trained myself nor had any real dedicated musical practice, but I have composed music on my computer. What I don't ...
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Are there any sonatas with only two sections?

In a classical sense, the Sonata is a structure composed of three sections: exposition, development, and recapitulation. Are there any examples of a Sonata with only two sections?
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Is the divertimento a freeform sonata?

So, I once looked up divertimento and what it means and I was told that it can have anywhere from 2 to 10 movements. The fact that it mentioned movements made me think: Okay, so it is a sonata ...
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When improvising should one have a musical form in mind?

Sometimes I'll take one of my instruments and I'll just randomly improvise on something. It could be some kind of scale, or switching between scales, I might take a few chords from the scale. But I ...
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Irregular resolution [closed]

What are the primary conditions concerning the IRREGULAR resolutions of the following harmonies in common practice music?: -Dominant chords -Auxiliary Seventh chords (chords of sequence) -...
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Is there a name for songs whose lyrics are sung through twice?

Some songs just have their lyrics sung through from beginning to end twice - usually with a key change for the second time through. Is there a name for that? I am thinking of "The Impossible Dream" (...
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Combining forms to make a new musical form

Has there ever been a composer between Baroque and early Romantic periods (within piano literature) who created a new form based on a combination of previously separate forms into a new iteration or ...
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If fugue voices are in different keys how come they don't clash?

I was reading how a fugue plays simultaneous voices in different keys (?) I was wondering how they don't clash with eachother. Or to put it in another way, what keys can you play together such that ...
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Help/Question about Microphone / Phantom power and audio interface

Just a quick short question, I have a USB audio interface (emu0202) which plugs into my pc but of course, the interface (emu0202) isn't 'Phantom Power' capable, So I wanted to know if it's possible ...
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What makes a piece a nocturne?

I am wanting to compose a second nocturne. I composed my first one about a year ago and pretty much all the feedback I got was that it should have been written in 3/4 instead of 4/4. I wonder if that ...
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what is a “leitmotif” and by whom has it been introduced into music language?

after debating about Paraphrase in music and whether "paraphrasing" could mind something different I came to the question, that someone has been used the first time the German term of "leitmotif" ...
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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Best sequence to learn about harmony, melody and rhythm? [closed]

I have basic knowledge about these but I want to learn in depth. So what could be the sequence to learn. Also tell where Form, and other elements will come.
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What's the best notation for musical navigation?

Lots of times I'm asked to play songs from printed notation which has been typeset to minimise the number of printed pages. It's OK when the musical structure is relatively straightforward, and the ...
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What is the musical form of Kamasi Washington's “Truth”? [closed]

I'm pretty new to music theory, so I have been analyzing songs I enjoy for practice. I thought I was getting decent at it, but the length and complexity of this song has been giving me some trouble. ...
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Is this entire movement by Bach really only a single measure with just two chords?

I'm spending a lot more time with early music, and as I was studying the score to J. S. Bach's third Brandenburg Concerto, I encountered something unexpected: an entire Adagio movement that's only one ...
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What do you call the short sections at the ends of pieces?

How would you characterize the short section at the end of a piece of music (climax)? What do you think is its function?
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What is the musical form of Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?

My first ("blind") guess was that it is in rondo form with two themes, but when I performed analysis, it somehow doesn't fit any form that I can think of. This is what I figured out: intro a b a' a ...
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What does R=2N mean?

I'm just wondering what the R=2N means. I guess it's something like "real bar = 2 notated bars," but does anyone know?
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Why are all songs structured the same way?

Why are all songs structured the same way? verse -> chorus -> verse ... (you know the drill) Why don't any musicians try to break this structure? I suspect the answer is because this structure ...
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What is the meaning of 'chorus' in terms of a 12 bar blues?

For example, its use in the phrase: to play a total of four choruses on an A minor blues progression
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Developments in musical form in mid-nineteenth - early-twentieth century music

I am now studying new approaches to harmony in the Romantic and Impressionistic eras, but I haven't seen anything about formal functions. It seems like even if they were still using Sonata form (...
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What is the difference between 'chorus' and 'refrain'?

I'm trying to learn something about song structure. Reading the Wikipedia article about the subject I came across two terms that looked somewhat similar: chorus and refrain. There seemed to be a ...
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How to play D.S. al fine with an A and B part

I have two pieces where on one of them there is an A ''part'' and a B ''part'' and at the end it says D.S al fine My question is how do I play this? In what order?? (Picture included for this piece) ...
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Is there a name for the extra measure that they like to put into country songs?

The song that made me think of this is Amarillo by Morning, made popular by George Straight, but it's quite common in a lot of country and pop music. In the verse at the end of the second 4 measure ...
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What determines the overall key of a work with multiple movements and key changes?

For example, we talk about Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, yet the movements are in a variety of keys: Allegro con brio (C minor) Andante con moto (A♭ major) Scherzo: Allegro (C minor) Allegro ...
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Taxonomy of themes in classical music

I am reading Dr. B.-G. Cohrs's note [C] on the (fascinating) history of the Symphonisches Präludium, now commonly attributed to Anton Bruckner. I was a little mystified by the following remark: The ...
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More than one D.S.?

Is it possible to have more than one D.S. when charting a song? if so, how would you know which Segundo? This would be a great tool for saving space in a chart.
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What are name and other examples for the type of break/tempo change near the end of “Be our guest”

My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with the new (2017) version of "Beauty and the Beast" and we are listening to the music non stop for weeks and albeit being a musical grouch it really grew on me. ...
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What is the technique used in Beethoven's “Für Elise”

People say that Beethoven's "Für Elise" is in ABACA structure. What does that actually mean?
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What are some other basic forms besides ABA and ABACA? [duplicate]

Edit: I took a look at the related question. The first answer illuminated me to free form ABCD... (let's not forget about free form!) and a good structure definition of Sonata. The other answers ...
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Composition and instrumental voices

Can anybody explain to me if modern music follows a similar composition style to four part harmony. What I'm asking is just like in 4-Part Harmony where the bass voice gets the "low-range" or "bass" ...
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Is Escala's «Clubbed to Death» a passacaglia?

Escala's Clubbed to Death seems to be a passacaglia. It has a repetitive line throughout, over which counterpoint is added. In fact, it sounds similar to Biber's Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa: Partita ...
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Question on the harmony in Sweet Child o'mine

Sweet child o'mine has this progression in the intro: Db (sus4)-Db-Db(sus4)-Db-Ebm11/Cb-Gb (add2)-Db (sus4)-Db-Db(sus4)-Db And this progression in the verse: Db-Cb-Gb-Db How would you explain this ...
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Music Sections and Forms

I am a little bit confused about Sections: 1) Let's look at the following scheme/example: AABA Can section A have a changed melody or key? Until which point we can say it's another A section? 2) By ...
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Composing a 16th note run

I have troubles composing my first Impromptu, which is in the key of Eb Major. I'm composing it in the form of A-B-A. With the A section being "Andante cantabile". I want the B section to be "Allegro ...
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Terminology for determining form and harmonic structure when there are no apparent chords?

There are some songs out there, that seem to not have any chord progressions, the melody and bass line all are in sync and sound great, but there aren't any actual chords. In the song, yet you can ...
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What type of form repeats the same then with slight variations each time?

I'm working on a series of simple compositions for piano and my current piece follows this formula: Begin with a simple melody that is repeated for each chord in the progression. Repeat the ...
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What is the musical form of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring?

What is the musical form of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky? I'd like to know the form and where each section is so I can better understand it. What sections define motifs? And what sections are ...
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What is the name for the disorganized part after a climax?

Particularly in big band music, a progression may culminate in a climax followed by a short disorganized part (a few bars at most), where everyone "plays what they want". After that phase of chaos the ...
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What is the motif used in many chaconnes in the 17th century?

Wikipedia says that a chaconne is a musical composition involving variations on a harmonic progression or melody (motif), similar to the passacaglia. In essence, it is a musical form. The motif is ...
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What are the rules of improvisation in Indian ragas?

In How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation? Phil states: With a Raga, there is no theme, per se. A Raga is more like a set of rules as to how you ...