Today's composer can use traditional formal templates and modern techniques at the same time. While there may be differences in process and style, traditional models and their contemporary analogs have the following in common: content, form-defining closure, changing tonal centers, textural design, optional linking passages and optional extensions such as introductions and codas.

  • Motive, Phrase, Period
  • Binary and Simple Ternary Form
  • Compound Ternary
  • Rondo and Sonata-Rondo
  • Sonata Form
  • Ostinato
  • Theme and Variations
  • Suite
  • Fugue
  • Other Approaches to Form
  • Composers' Rules of Enagement

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