Ternary Form

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Ternary form is the easiest form in which a song can be written.  There are two themes.  The first can be called A, and the second can be called B.  A will be played, followed by B, and then A returns.  The structure of the song is then called ABA.  Sometimes A is modified the second time through, and this makes the song have the structure of ABA2.  In order to make the song long enough, each theme will need to be fairly long.

Example of Ternary Form: Brahms's Third Symphony in F, 4th Mvt.


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