Music Form and Analysis
Musical form relates to the structure of a given piece, its themes and the relationship between each theme. There are many varieties of form used in music, both popular and classical.
Verses and Choruses[edit | edit source]
Most popular music is shaped around verses and choruses. Each verse has different words [and sometimes different melody and harmonies as well] while the chorus [generally] remains constant. Forms include VVCVCVC… [V-verse C-chorus], CVCV… CC, and variations thereof.
Binary[edit | edit source]
In binary music, there are just two different themes
which appear only once, one after the other like this:
Ternary[edit | edit source]
Ternary music has two themes, one of which appears twice, like this:
Rondo[edit | edit source]
A rondo [rondeau] works as bit like the Verse Chorus form of popular music today.
It is also called Ritornello.
Canon[edit | edit source]
A canon has a repeated melody line which starts at the same pitch, where each entry is delayed by a few notes. A canon must work so that the harmonies match.
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Needs revising; does not consider simple, rounded, continuous, or sectional binary designs.
- Rewrite; Ritornello is episode-based and typically used for fugue design.