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What Is Strophic Form?Things To Know About This Form In Music

STROPHIC FORM – In this topic, we will now know and discuss a certain form of music called the strophic form or unitary form.

STROPHIC FORM

Also known as unitary form, verse-repeating form, chorus form, “AAA song form”, or “one-part song form”. It is derived from the Greek word strophē (στροφή) which means turn.

This is the simplest and most durable of musical forms. It is contrary to through-composed, which is a form where new music is written for every stanza.

This form also involves extending a piece of music via repeating a single formal section, hence, the pattern “AAA”.

This form is used in several folk and popular songs, including genres like twelve bar blues, ballads, hymns and chant. There are also certain classical art songs that are in this form.

Examples

  • I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  • The Times They Are A Changin – Bob Dylan
  • Scarborough Fair – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Happy Birthday to You
  • Ili-Ili Tulog Anay
  • Sitsiritsit
  • Leron Leron Sinta
  • I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  • The Times They Are A Changin – Bob Dylan

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