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density and disposition of musical lines


same sound. all voices move at the same time.


many sounding. two or more simultaneously sounding lines

imitative counterpoint

voices duplicate some portion of previous voice


voices exactly duplicate preceding voices

free counterpoint

each line melodically independent of any other


purposeful organization of music


one sounding. single line of music, no accompaniment. unison


principle of form. identified by same letter


principle of form. sections labeled B, C, D...


principle of form. given superscript B1, A1....

strophic form

most familiar

binary form

2 contrasting units. sections often repeated

ternary form

b section in contrasting style. third section, A, repeats the opening

rondo form

refrain alternates with contrasting music. one of oldest musical forms. simple style.

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