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The Military March Form. All Military Marches Have: 1.Different Sections – Called Strains 2.Several separate melodies 3.A contrasting section – called.

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1 The Military March Form

2 All Military Marches Have: 1.Different Sections – Called Strains 2.Several separate melodies 3.A contrasting section – called the Trio

3 The Military March Form Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

4 Military March Form Introduction Also called a Fanfare Usually 4, 8, or 16 measures long Usually in a Marcato Style Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

5 Military March Form First Strain Usually 8 or 16 measures long Often 4 measure phrases Repeats – sometimes with an added COUNTERMELODY Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

6 Military March Form Second Strain Usually 16 measures long Second primary melody that is heard Melody often played by the low instruments Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

7 Military March Form Introduction to the Trio Not always included Might be a percussion soli Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

8 Military March Form Trio Most contrasting section Often played by the woodwinds Third primary melody that is heard (often thought of as being the “main melody” of the march) Almost always changes key signature – If the first key is MAJOR it usually adds one flat – If the first key is MINOR it usually changes to the relative or parallel major key Why do you think this section is called the trio? Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

9 Military March Form Breakstrain (Dogfight) A “break” between the first time the trio is heard and the last section where the trio melody is heard again Loud, Intense, Marcato Usually sounds like a “conversation” between the higher instruments and the lower instruments Why do you think it is called the “dogfight” section? Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

10 Military March Form Grandioso The trio melody is heard again Usually much louder than the previous time the trio melody was heard Sometimes adds another “countermelody” Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)

11 Military March Form Example: Stars and Stripes Forever Introduction: 0:00 – 0:08 First Strain: 0:08 – 0:40 Second Strain: 0:40 – 1:08 Trio: 1:08 – 1:38 Break (dogfight): 1:38 – 2:02 Trio (w/ added countermelody): 2:02 – 2:32 Repeat of Dogfight: 2:32 – 2:55 Grandioso (trio melody w/ countermelody): 2:55 - End Sections of a March: I.Introduction II.First Strain III.Second Strain IV.Introduction to the Trio (Optional) V.Trio VI.Breakstrain (also called “dogfight”) VII.Grandioso (Trio Melody)


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