The organization of musical ideas in time is called?


Musical form can be described broadly as the organization of musical ideas in time. A piece's form is its overall structure or its big picture plan; it is the way in which major ideas are placed and elaborated on within a work.

There exist many standard musical forms. For example, ternary form consists of an "ABA" structure. That is, one section is repeated twice, occasionally with small variations, and a contrasting middle section is included between them. An example of a musical piece in ternary form is Frédéric Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D-flat major. Simple binary form, another common form, consists of an "AABB" structure. Music needn't conform to an existing form, and the word "form" can refer to nonstandard structures and standard ones alike.

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