MUSI 2100 Study Guide - Comprehensive Midterm Guide: Alberti Bass, Fugue, Chromaticism

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Music Theory III
Lecture 2
Sectional Variation Forms
Sectional Variation: each variation is closed harmonically.
- Theme and each variation is closed.
- Theme is a binary form
Also possible for the theme period ( but it had to closed)
- Fragmentation like augmented and diminish.
- Elaborations
- Change in mode
- Transposition
- Obscuring the theme
- Style/ character
- Change in register
- Harmony
- Meter
A) Ornamental variation: melody is elaborated by added notes.
Ex) Ns, Ps, Sus, Arps, In
B) Simplifying Variation- melody is reduced.
C) Figural Variation: A particular motivic figure is used.
D) Contrapuntal: imitation/ canon/ fugato
E) Characteristic: march, waltz, polonaise.
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F) Doubled variation: written out repeats that are varied. (usually end)
Example
Beethoven, 7 variations on God “ave the King in C Major.
Theme
- Fixed element, major mode, Homophonic texture, diatonic harmony
Variation 1
- Left hand accompaniment is more active.
- Lots of neighbor notes, passing tones, suspensions
- More chromatic notes.
Variation 2
- Usually 16th notes.
- Imitative texture in part
- Less chromatic note than variation1
Variation3
- Melody on off beats
- Arpeggiations
- Left hand uses alberti bass
Variation 4
- Left hand is more importance, and part of melody
- Louder
Variation 5
- Minor mode, lots of neighbor notes
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