What is Form? Form is the structure or the architecture of music.
Definitions to know: • Sonata Form : Evolved in 18th century. Sonata form refers to the organization of themes and harmonic relationships within a single movement • Minuet and Trio : Typically used in the third movement of classical symphonies. It is a compound dance form • An example of a minuet and trio: http://popup.lala.com/popup/937030201852892370
More definitions: • Rondo: A musical form in which the theme is repeated several times with different themes between the repeated themes • Fugue : A process in which a theme is developed in imitation and contrasted with episodic material • Ternary Form : a simple form consisting of a first section, then a second, contrasting section, followed by a repetition of the first section • Binary Form : A design consisting of two contrasting sections Example of Fugue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o
Elements of Form • Repetition : May also be called “restatement” because it usually restates the theme. Form depends on this and on contrast • Contrast : It is when you compare two different instruments or it is a set of procedures including stratification, juxtaposition, and interpolation
Patterns: • Rondo : ABACADA • Minuet and Trio : AABB/CDD/AABB • Ternary Form : ABA • Websites I used: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/554229/sonata http://www.enjoythemusic.com/musicdefinition2.htm#R