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musical theme

Definitions of musical theme
  1. noun
    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    synonyms: idea, melodic theme, theme
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    motif, motive
    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
    statement
    (music) the presentation of a musical theme
    variation
    a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
    obbligato, obligato
    a persistent but subordinate motif
    inversion
    (counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa
    augmentation
    the statement of a theme in notes of greater duration (usually twice the length of the original)
    diminution
    the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
    partita
    one of the variations contained in a partita
    type of:
    air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
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