Definition of binary form
- In binary form, the opening melody returns in a key other than the tonic or does not return at all.
- —John A. Rice, Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera, 1998
- In music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, dances were often written in binary form; and in the collections of idealized dances … that became popular in the Baroque, binary form was increasingly used.
- —Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham, editors, The Cambridge Music Guide, 1985