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What Is Form?

Form is how we organize sound.  Just as a builder uses a blueprint to build a house, a composer uses form to build a song.  Form is a musical blueprint that helps the composer put his sounds together in different ways.  

Just as the builder can build a big or small house, so a composer can build a simple or complicated piece of music.  

Just as the builder's house can have different shapes, so the composer can give different shapes to his music.  

Just as you can see forms with your eyes, you can hear forms with your ears.  

When you are able to hear patterns in music, you are beginning to understand form.

To learn more about form, click one of the titles below. 


Rondo Form

Sonata Form

Theme and Variations

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