Definition of ternary form in English:

ternary form

Syllabification: ter·na·ry form


  • The form of a movement in which the first subject is repeated after an interposed second subject in a related key.
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    • In the 20th century, ternary form was used by Bartók, and even by Webern, who reverted to old structural forms in his 12-note instrumental works dating from 1927 to 1940.
    • The first two pieces are in ternary form with a fast-slow-fast regimen.
    • In the Andante the adoption of a simple ternary form allows him the freedom to grapple with his 12-note technique.

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody