Elements of Music and Impact on Musical Form

My last musicology session discussed the various ways in which the elements of music impacted our appreciation of music. Factors such as dynamics, texture, timbre, harmony, melody etc are interesting – as they can be discussed with all age groups – from first school to PhD. In fact I remember them being introduced into the National Curriculum (in the UK) well over 20 years ago – and used them as a way of encouraging school kids to appreciate music. For this blog – I am interested on the ways in which the elements of music are used to impact musical form specifically. How do factors such as time signatures, rhythm, texture, melody, harmony etc impact our understanding and interest of form in music? This session will act as a grounding for more advanced study in the weeks to come. See the powerpoint for more information and indicative musical examples.


<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”https://www.slideshare.net/carrp/session-4the-elements-of-music-and-form&#8221; title=”Session 4‘the elements of music and form’” target=”_blank”>Session 4‘the elements of music and form’</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/carrp&#8221; target=”_blank”>Paul Carr</a></strong> </div>

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3 Responses to Elements of Music and Impact on Musical Form

  1. Josh Evans says:

    I think that I’ve found a song with the same chord progression and melody in the chorus as in the verse.
    The lyrics are different in the chorus which changes the form/shape of the melody, but I’m sure the notes are the same.

    The song is Younger Us by Japandroids, the sound quality is better if you listen on Spotify but a Youtube link is added below if you prefer.

    I also find Power In A Union – Billy Bragg (written by Joe Hill, 1913) to have a very similar vocal melody in the Verse and Chorus, but that could be said for a lot of American Folk songs, especially those of the Greenwich Village era. Take a look at Little Boxes – Melvina Reynolds (1962) for another example.

    What do other people think?


  2. James Biss says:

    There’s a song on the latest Biffy Clyro record that has a different time signature for each section. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR9HdYx4U2E
    The intro section is either repeating a bar of 5/4 then of 4/4 or just in 9/4. Then the verse is in 4/4 and it leads to a chorus repeating in a bar of 4/4 then 3/4 or just in 7/4.


  3. Paul Carr says:

    Excellent observation James – accurate too!


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