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Encyclopedia > Ternary form

Ternary form is a structuring mechanism of a piece of music. Also note that this structure, along with several other "music structures", can be used to choreograph dance. Ternary form is a three part structure. The first and third parts are identical, or very nearly so, while the second part is sharply contrasting. For this reason, ternary form is often represented as ABA. The contrasting second section is often known as a 'trio'. For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... jus like my ass For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ...


At least in pieces written before the 19th century, the first section of a piece in ternary form does not usually change key, but ends in the same key as it began. The middle section will generally be in a different key, often the dominant of the first section (a perfect fifth above). It usually also has a contrasting character; in a march, for example, the highly rhythmic and strident character of the march itself is usually contrasted with a more lyrical and flowing trio. Less commonly, the trio may also be in a different time signature (3/4 as opposed to the 4/4 of the march, for example). Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa is considered amongst the greatest marches ever written. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa is considered amongst the greatest marches ever written. ...


As well as marches, ternary form is often found in baroque opera arias (the so-called da capo aria) and in many dance forms, such as the sort of polkas written by the Strauss family. It is also the form used in the minuet (or scherzo) and trio, which in the classical music era was usually the third movement of symphonies, string quartets, sonatas and similar works. Baroque music describes an era and a set of styles of European classical music which were in widespread use between approximately 1600 and 1750 (see Dates of classical music eras for a discussion of the problems inherent in defining the beginning and end points). ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... This article is about the musical term aria. ... The da capo aria was a musical form prevalent in the Baroque era. ... Street musicians in Prague playing a polka Polka is a type of dance, and also a genre of dance music. ... A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a social dance of French origin for two persons, usually in 3/4 time. ... A scherzo (plural scherzi) is a name given to a piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony. ... The Classical period in Western music occurred from about 1730 through 1820, despite considerable overlap at both ends with preceding and following periods, as is true for all musical eras. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The resident string quartet of the Library of Congress in 1963 A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string instruments—usually two violins, a viola and cello—or a piece written to be performed by such a group. ... Sonata (From Latin and Italian sonare, to sound), in music, literally means a piece played as opposed to cantata (Latin cantare, to sing), a piece sung. ...


A distinction is sometimes made between compound ternary form - in which each large part of the form is itself divided in a way to suggest ternary or binary form (giving, for example, an overall scheme of ABACDCABA) - and simple ternary form, in which each large part of the form has no particular structure itself. Da capo arias are usually in simple ternary form, minuets (or scherzos) and trios are normally compound. Another name for the latter is "composite ternary form." This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


 
 

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