- Sentence (music)
In music a sentence is "the smallest period in a
musical compositionthat can give in any sense the impression of a complete statement." It "may be defined as a period containing two or more phrases, and most frequently ending with some form of perfect cadence." (Macpherson n.d.: 25)
Some theorists consider a sentence to be a musical form distinct from a period. It consists of a presentation phrase (a repeated motive) followed by a continuation phrase which ends in either a
half cadenceor an authentic cadence.
Nattiez, Jean-Jacques(1990). "Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music" ("Musicologie générale et sémiologue", 1987). Translated by Carolyn Abbate (1990). ISBN 0-691-02714-5.
Caplin, William E.(1998). "Classical Form: A theory of Formal Functions". ISBN 0-19-514399.
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