Musical Form and Expression

Musical form and expression

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Unformatted text preview: Musical Form and Expression Music 264A Structure of Music Provides explanation why and how music "works" Gives an appreciation for the talent of the composer Structure and Design in Music Structure and Design in Music Two-Part and Three-Part Form Components of Form Theme: melodic ideas used as a building block in the construction of a musical piece First melody in a piece (e.g. Theme A, fugue subject) Thematic development: variation of the original theme Motive: short melodic or rhythmic idea: the smallest fragment of a theme that forms a melodic or rhythmic unit Sequence: repetition of the original theme in different keys Other formal techniques using repetition and variation: Call and response: the use of a soloist followed by an anwering chorus Ostinato: a short musical pattern that is repeated continually throughout a work Motivic development: variation of a small fragment of the theme Tempo: rate of a beat speed Tempo markings Pg. 38 in text (grave, largo, adagio, andante, moderato, allegro, vivace, presto) Movements on a program Dynamics: markings relating to the degree of volume for a sound Pg. 39 in text (pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo) Gradual change in dynamics (crescendo, decrescendo) Tempo and Dynamics Musical Expression: Tempo and Dynamics, The Pace of Music Musical Dynamics Musical Expression: Shaping the Expressive Content of Music Metronome Interpretation...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course MUSC 264A taught by Professor Halstead during the Spring '08 term at Old Dominion.

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