AB

Level: National 5

Definition

Two-part form - music in two sections: A then B. These sections may be repeated.

Listen to an example

Listen to this excerpt of a Scottish dance played on accordion. You will hear a reel played unaccompanied by the accordion and cued, then repeated with an accompaniment. To help you understand the shape of this excerpt a voice-over will guide you through the music.

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Binary_Cued

 

Related concepts

Composing idea

Compose an 8-bar melody, then repeat it with a few small changes. This is your section A.

Compose a different 8-bar melody which contrasts with the first section, then repeat it with some changes. This is your section B.

Your composition now lasts for 32 bars:

  • 16 bars of section A
  • 16 bars of section B.