Definition of binary form
: a two-part musical form in which the first part modulates to the dominant or relative minor and the second returns to the tonic 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 —called also song form, two-part form — compare rounded binary form, ternary form
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