musical theme

Definitions of musical theme
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n (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

Synonyms:
idea, melodic theme, theme
Types:
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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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