MC121 1.24.2011 - , but we also expect unity (our sense...

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Mus121 FORM: Simple: Shape of a musical work. All music has form. Difficult: No two pieces have exactly the same form. We perceive musical form on multiple levels of awareness (detail - whole) BUT when can whole be perceived? - Phrase (like a musical clause) - Motive : Something that impels movement; in music, a striking melodic-rhythmic pattern that impels us to listen. The basic building block, the basic “ides.” What can you do with a musical idea? - Repeat it. - Vary it. - Contradict it (contrast may be mild or sharp). EX: “My Country ‘tis of thee” 1) What’s the motive? 2) What happens to it (how is it extended into a piece)? 3) Where’s the high point? To perceive form, listen at short-range and long-range levels of awareness. Simultaneously: EX: 1 st theme from Mozart’s G minor symphony, 1 st movement. Motivic development – the unfolding of a melodic idea. Variation and contrast help to create variety
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Unformatted text preview: , but we also expect unity (our sense that a piece is one whole thing , no matter how much variety it contains). Unity often created thru balance . Some basic formal patterns-Ostinato forms unfold primarily through motivic repetition (but still balance freedom and order).-Strophic forms involve repetition (or varied repetition) of complete tune.-Binary form- two sections, each usually repeated; 1 st section usually moves away from tonic, 2d section returns to tonic. Analogous to an arch in architecture, because the two sections are complementary. -Ternary form- three sections, 1 st and 3d of which are identical (ABA). A-section begins and ends in tonic, therefore complete by itself. B-section poses harmonic (and often melodic) contrast, thus requiring return of A-Section....
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