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Variation

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Variation is a technique of modified repetition in which a basic idea or theme, usually stated initially in its original form, is subjected to a process of alteration, the extent and nature of which can vary considerably. European art...

Fill

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

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...The term ‘fill’ denotes a short musical episode in which an instrument executes a brief solo, either in response to a preceding musical event or to mark a specific point in the overall structure of a composition. Unlike a break, a fill...

Theme

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

2

...The term ‘theme’ denotes a musical passage, typically characterized by a prominent melodic line, that, through the processes of repetition and/or variation, is established as the key musical idea by which a piece, a specific moment within...

Range

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

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...In Western art music, the term ‘range’ is denned as (a) the pitch span of an instrument or voice from its lowest to its highest available pitch, often referred to as the ‘compass’; (b) the pitch span of an instrumental or vocal part...

Break

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

2

...The term ‘break,’ originally used in jazz, describes the practise whereby a single instrument briefly becomes the focal point of all musical activity. This usually takes the form of a short solo passage during which the other instruments...