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Music Outside the LinesIdeas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms$
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Maud Hickey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.001.0001

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Form in Music

Form in Music

(p.84) 5 Form in Music
Music Outside the Lines

Maud Hickey

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the structuring of the music composition's skeleton. It introduces the process-based approach of structuring. This approach uses the basic ideas of repetition and contrast to form the beginning, middle, and end of a musical piece. Particularly, “middles” are where “growth points” are located in the music composition. Middles are called “growth points” because this is where developing musical ideas take place and concepts of themes and variations are used. This chapter further enumerates instances in a performance ensemble setting as an illustration of how themes and variations work.

Keywords:   form, music composition, middles, theme, variations, performance ensemble setting, repetition, contrast

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