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binary form

a basic musical form having two closely related sections.
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First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The repetition was a survival from the old dance movements in binary form.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • Scarcely ever has the binary form, the combat between two contradictory themes, been more essentialized.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • Scarlatti's sonatas consist, then, of one movement in binary form of the early type.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The second section of Scarlatti's movement in binary form contained a few bars of development and modulation.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • Of the character of the first section of movements in binary form we have already spoken in the introductory chapter.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • As an example, the theory of the invariants of a binary form may be considered.

British Dictionary definitions for binary form

binary form

(music) a structure consisting of two sections, each being played twice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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