ternary form

ternary form

noun
a musical form in three sections, with the third usually an exact repetition of the first.

Origin:
1895–1900

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ternary form
 
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Also called: song form a musical structure consisting of two contrasting sections followed by a repetition of the first; the form aba

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ternary form

in music, a form consisting of three sections, the third section normally either a literal or a varied repeat of the first. The symmetrical construction of this scheme (aba) provides one of the familiar shapes in Western music; ternary form can be found in music from the Middle Ages (as in the common arrangement antiphon-verse-antiphon in Gregorian chant) to the present day.

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