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What piece of music will you choose? Think of it as a theme and variation...

Theme and variation is a specific

What piece of music will you choose? Think of it as a theme and variation...

Theme and variation is a specific kind of form in music. The form of a piece of music tells you how the music is organized. With a theme and variation, the piece begins with a theme that is the main melody. That is followed by one or more variations of that main melody. A variation is music that is similar to theme, but is also different enough that it does not repeat the melody exactly. 

 

The Theme

The theme is the first main melody that you hear. It is the melody that the rest of the music will be based on. Sometimes the theme does not start immediately at the beginning of the piece, but is preceded by an introduction. An introduction is a short statement of music that comes before the actual form of the music begins.

The Theme

The theme is usually the simplest sounding melody of the piece. If we think back to our cupcakes, a cupcake that represents the theme would have no decoration, frosting, or filling. It would be the simplest version of the theme. 

 

The Variations

A variation is music that is based on the original theme, but is somehow different. A composer can vary the theme by changing the rhythm, changing the harmony, or by decorating the melody by adding additional notes. As long as the music is similar to the theme but not the same, this would be considered a variation. So if the baker takes a plain cupcake and puts chocolate frosting on it, this would be a variation. If they put powdered sugar and sprinkles on it, this would be another variation. 

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