2Basic Elements of Music RhythmMelody (pitch)HarmonyTimbre (sound)Form (shape)
3FormForm—Organizational plan of a piece of music--how many motives, phrases, verses, etc.
4IV | IV | I | I | V | IV | I | V | For Example I | I | I | I | Blues TuneI | I | I | I |IV | IV | I | I |V | IV | I | V |A 12 bar blues is made up of 3 phrases, each 4 measures long. This is what is called strophic form.
5For ExampleHere we have a song that has two phrases, but the first one is six measures long and the second one is eight measures long. This not real common but not unusual either.When we discuss the number of phrases and how they go together, we are discussing the formal elements of the piece.
6Basic Principles of Musical Organization Form is created through three techniques—Repetition Contrast Variation
7Individual lines of a song can repeat - RepetitionIndividual lines of a song can repeat -a a (repeated note for note)Silent Night, Holy Nightb b’ (slight variation)All is calm, all is bright.c (new melodic material)Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.c (repeated note for note)Holy Infant so tender and mild.d (new melodic material) e (new melodic material)Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace
8Repetition Or entire sections of a song may repeat-- Each verse of “Silent Night” has the exact same melody, just as “This Land is Your Land” does.Repetition provides a sense of familiarity, unity, and a feeling of continuity.But, too much repetition makes music easy to ignore; e.g., “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
9ContrastContrast is created by changing the character of the music through creating a separate section.Contrast between the a, b, c, d, and e phrases in “Silent Night”Tempo contrast between instrumental sections and vocal sections in “Oy, Abram.”Contrast provides a sense of variety.
10Variation Variation combines repetition with contrast. One type of variation takes a melodic idea and alters it in some way but we still recognize (mostly) the original idea. For example, the two “b” phrases of “Silent Night”—the notes move in the same direction and have the same rhythm, but the second “b” starts one note lower than the first one.Here is an example of a C major scale and then a variation on the scale--
11Sectional Form Pieces divided into logical units that have definite beginnings and endings.The flow of music is mildly interrupted by the end and beginning of sections.Cadences are the primary device for indicating these units or sections.Contrast can also be used to create divisions.Sectional FormPieces divided into logical units that have definite beginnings and endings
12Types of Sectional Forms StrophicThe same or similar music for each stanza or section. Much of folk and children’s music is strophic. There is no contrasting melody.E. g., “Silent Night” or “This Land is Your Land”VariationCombinesRepetition with contrastDevelopmentApplied toMusical Materials
13Types of Sectional Forms Verse/ChorusVariation of strophic form where a chorus is inserted between verses. The chorus is marked by repeated lyrics and may or may not have same melody as verse.E.g., “This Land is Your Land” (same melody)“Crazy Train” (different melody)VariationCombinesRepetition with contrastDevelopmentApplied toMusical Materials
14Expanded Sectional Forms Sectional forms also include music that has one or more sections without repetition of melodic material.“Help Me Make It Through the Night”Verse Chorus Bridge“Crazy Train” Verse Chorus Bridge“Huachos” A B C
15South AmericaAndes Mountains—5500 miles long along western edge of SA—longest mountain range in the world.Indigenous peoples inhabited SA for 20,000 years.Incas were the predominant culture in the Andes from around 1450, until the European invasion of settlers around 1550.South America is a mix of mestizo, mulatto, and indigenous traditions and people.
16Music of the AndesAndean music is oldest music in Latin America and is made up of an intermingling of indigenous and European elements and instruments.It is played in a variety of settings—clubs, villages, homes, festivals, etc. Almost every municipality has its own band.It is also played around the world by groups ranging from itinerant street musicians to highly trained professionals.