Form and Structure
An 'Ostinato' is a motif/phrase persistently repeated by a musical voice. It is commonly described as a 'riff' in rock/jazz.

Form and Structure

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Binary and ternary are related to form and structure of music - do you know the difference? Ludwig van Beethoven said, "Music - the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend."

Test your knowledge in this quiz on the fundamentals of musical form and structure.

1.
What music is most likely to feature verse and chorus?
Concerto
Film score
Hymn
Symphony
Also common in musicals and vocal rock tracks
2.
In music, 'call and response' is a .......
constantly repeated 4-bar section
conversation between conductor and audience members
jump from tonic to dominant between two music sections
succession of two phrases played by different musicians
3.
The structure of binary form features .......
Two related sections, often repeated (AB, AABB)
Three sections (ABA)
Five sections (ABCDA)
Six sections (ABABAB)
4.
Which motif structure best defines ternary form?
AABB
AB
ABA
ABCB
Ternary form is a 3-part ABA structure
5.
Which motif structure best defines rondo form?
AB
ABACDABA
ABCB
ABCDCB
This is due to the returning original theme (or A section)
6.
What is ternary form?
A structure featuring a recurring A section
A three-part ABA structure
A two-part AB structure in a piece of music
A type of transition between different instruments
7.
What is an 'Ostinato'?
A motif/phrase persistently repeated by a musical voice
A type of jazz tuning system
An italian keyboard instrument from the baroque era
An italian opera
Commonly described as a 'riff' in jazz/rock
8.
What best describes a 'round'?
A circular seating layout for performers of modern music
An alternative description for a movement in a concerto
The way acoustics travel around the building/hall
Where many voices sing a repeated tune at different times
Many nursery rhyme songs are arranged as a round
9.
Which motif structure best defines binary form?
AABB
ABA
ABCA
ABCCD
Remember, in binary form sections are often repeated
10.
What term prompts a restatement of sounds / sequences?
Accelerando
Crescendo
Pause
Repetition
Author:  Thomas Daish

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