Sentence (music)


Sentence (music)

In music a sentence is "the smallest period in a musical composition that 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 cadence or an authentic cadence.

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*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.
**Macpherson (n.d.).
*Caplin, William E. (1998). "Classical Form: A theory of Formal Functions". ISBN 0-19-514399.


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