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University of Toronto St. George
Joshua Pilzer

MUS110H1 Lecture 6 Form II 10-12-07 2:09 AM Thursday, November 4, 2010 Form II Music is different than all of the other arts because it disappears instantly (unlike paintings which last) Music is something that is played, you hear it, and then its gone Form in music is about how long you can repeat something in different ways Form operates on bearing the repetition of a small amount of material and using the repetition of that material to create a long sense of dissonance so that when you finally return at the end, it sounds like repetition Form is based on Repetition of a small amount of material Spreading that sense of movement and action for as long as you can Binary and Ternary Forms Forms based on two parts (binary) Forms based on three parts (ternary) Binary form = AABB. AABB, AAAA o A idea is generally the first form you hear o B idea is generally contrasting to A o The apostrophe means AABB, a..variation of abvariation on b o i.e. Mozart, Minuet, Symphony No. 18 in F Major, K. 130 (1772) Ternary Form = ABA o A way of taking a binary form and creating a nice set of book ends for it (musical sandwich) A) Simple Ternary Form = ABA i.e. P. Tchaikovsky, Dance of the Reed Pipes, The Nutcracker (1891) o especially popular in the Baroque era of Da capo Aria
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