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Musical Forms - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors explain how various musical forms differ from each other and how these musical forms were developed over time. You will be introduced to important musical forms, as well as key vocabulary terms related to this topic. This chapter will discuss how music can be organized into sections and why this process is important.
You'll learn about the different types of phrases, which are musical sentences that form the sections of a song. As you progress through this chapter, you can study sonatas and concertos and find out where a cadenza would be included in a concerto. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Define and analyze different types of musical forms
- Identify sectional music forms
- Discuss the different forms that are found in classical music
- Recognize various phrases
- Chart the development of musical forms throughout history
- Explain the parts of binary and ternary forms
We use short, engaging video lessons to simplify the learning process. In addition to the video lessons, which are taught by professional instructors, you'll find self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts with each video that you watch. Key terms that you'll want to remember are often linked to text lessons that provide additional details. If you want to revisit a main point without re-watching the entire video lesson, you'll also find video tags that you can use to quickly access that information.
1. Musical Form: Definitions and Analysis
What is musical form and why is it important? How can we determine the form of a song just by listening? In this lesson, learn the different parts that make up a musical form.
2. Musical Form: Phrasing, Binary, and Ternary Forms
Why do composers use form? How do composers use phrases to create tension and release in their music? What is binary form, and how does it compare to ternary form? Find out in this lesson!
3. Classical Music Forms: Symphonic, Sonata, Theme and Variation & Rondo Forms
What exactly is a symphony? Why are some classical songs called sonata or rondo? Discover the answers to these questions as you study the different forms of classical music in this lesson.
4. Strophic: Definition, Form & Example
Strophic is a common song form found in many popular songs, folk songs, and hymns. This lesson will discuss the strophic form and give examples of its use.
5. Through-Composed Music: Definition, Form & Songs
In this lesson, you will learn about what make a piece of music through-composed. You will learn about the form of through-composed music and become familiar with some examples in this style.
6. Development of Musical Form Throughout History
If you think that classical music has always been classic, think again - it was really just one in a line of musical forms. Western music has evolved throughout history, starting with monastic chants and continuing through today's varied styles.
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Other chapters within the ILTS Music (143): Test Practice and Study Guide course
- Introduction to Musical Elements
- Meter & Rhythm
- Music Notation
- Elements of Melody
- Elements of Harmony in Music
- Elements of Chord Progression
- Nonharmonic Tones
- Techniques for Composing Music
- Techniques for Performing & Rehearsing Music
- Opera and Orchestral Music
- Medieval Music
- Music of the Renaissance
- The Baroque Period in Music
- The Classical Period in Music
- The Romantic Period in Music
- Modern Era Music
- Jazz Music
- Musical Theater and Popular Music
- Music of the United States
- Music of the World
- Technology in Music
- Music Teaching Strategies
- Principles of Music Education
- ILTS Music Flashcards