ternary form


Definition of ternary form

: a three-part musical form in which the first and third parts are essentially identical and the middle part consists of contrasting material in a different key

called also song form, three-part form

— compare binary form, rounded binary form

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First Known Use of ternary form

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Ternary form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ternary%20form. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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