The Baroque period instrumental practice of coupling a low pitched sustaining instrument such as a cello bass, or bassoon with a harpsichord, to provide a firm harmonic and rhythmic foundation for the music.
Type of texture consisting of a prominent melody with subordinate accompanying material.
Noblemenpoets, singers from northern France during the Medieval period.
The compositional process by which melodies are changed in any number of ways in order to explore the variety of interest inherent in them.
The two considerations that need to be balanced by the formal structure of a composition.
Repetition and contrast
The structure of a musical composition.
The element of music that refers to the tune that we can recognize and remember.
An orchestral composition usually in four movements employing significant thematic development and a unified approach to the entire composition.