Published on Apr 10, 2016

The very basics of binary and ternary form, with some examples. 0:20 Form 1:53 Binary Forms 3:50 Binary Example Analysis 8:08 Rounded Binary 9:44 Rounded Binary Example Analysis 14:06 Ternary Forms 16:25 Ternary Example Analysis

List of musical forms by era

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This is a list of musical forms and genres organized according to the eras of Classical music. The form of a musical composition refers to the general outline of the composition, based on the sections that comprise it or on specific details that are unique to a certain type of composition. For example, a rondo is based on alternation between familiar and novel sections (ABACA); a mazurka is defined by its meter and rhythm; a nocturne is based on the mood it creates, required to be inspired by or evocative of night. This list summarizes these broadly-defined forms and genres within the musical periods that they arose or became common.




Classical and Romantic

20th and 21st Century

Michael Staff·10 videos

This is an overview of Sonata-Allegro form, the first form in a series of video lessons dealing with structure in music.


April 17, 2014


Wikipedoa  –  Passacaglia

The passacaglia was redefined in late 1620s by Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi, who transformed it into a series of continuous variations over a bass (which itself may be varied).[3] Later composers adopted this model, and by the nineteenth century the word came to mean a series of variations over an ostinato pattern, usually of a serious character.[4] A similar form, the chaconne, was also first developed by Frescobaldi. The two genres are closely related, but since “composers often used the terms chaconne and passacaglia indiscriminately […] modern attempts to arrive at a clear distinction are arbitrary and historically unfounded”.[5] In early scholarship, attempts to formally differentiate between the historical chaconne and passacaglia were made, but researchers often came to opposite conclusions. For example, Percy Goetschius held that the chaconne is usually based on a harmonic sequence with a recurring soprano melody, and the passacaglia was formed over a ground bass pattern,[6] whereas Clarence Lucas defined the two forms in precisely the opposite way.[7] More recently, however, some progress has been made toward making a useful distinction for the usage of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when some composers (notably Frescobaldi and François Couperin) deliberately mixed the two genres in the same composition.[8]

The Daily Beethoven·419 videos

Performed by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi
Analysed with the assistance of Robert Greenberg’s Teaching Company Wordscore guide
For transcription of analysis see:…

Note: at this time the annotations will not appear on mobile devices, so if possible please watch from a computer.

For more videos of this type see:
Color-Coded Analysis of Beethoven’s Music (INDEX):…

NOTE:  This is Part 1 of a series of Sonatas written for piano and a featured instrument.  It is my hope that you might come back to these for study of:  Musical FormSonata-Allegro FormMelodic Development,  Rhythm,  Theme and Variations and other forms & techniques.  Meanwhile, enjoy the Music!

epropuesta·39 videos

Watch the 2nd video: Andante tranquillo – Vivace ►…

Watch the 3rd. video: Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante) ►…

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Johannes Brahms
Violin Sonata Nº 2 in A major, Op. 100
Allegro amabile
with Lambert Orkis
From the Bibliotheksaal Polling
Video Director: Agnes Méth