rounded binary form

noun

variants or rounded binary
: a two-part musical form in which the first part modulates to the dominant or relative major and the second part returns to the tonic and recapitulates all or most of the opening section entirely in the tonic
When the opening section of the three-phrase form has a strong cadence on V, it is generally classified as rounded binary form.Charles Rosen, Sonata Forms, 1988
Grieg's highly conventional rounded binary form (two halves, each repeated, with the second incorporating a modified recapitulation of the first) provides the foundation for Ellington's version.Mervyn Cooke, in The Cambridge Companion to Jazz, 2002
compare binary form, tertiary form

Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rounded binary form was in 1954

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“Rounded binary form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rounded%20binary%20form. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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