(Of a composition, especially a song) not based on repeated sections or verses, especially having different music for each verse. Also called durchkomponiert.
- Because the same music was used for every stanza, the possibilities for detailed word-painting were limited: this is the key difference between the frottola and the through-composed madrigal.
- Henze's through-composed settings are rich in orchestral colour and character.
- Perhaps the musical future will be more romantic, more through-composed, than classic (with Bachian closed forms) after all?
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