Musical periods and styles

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Music history is divided into periods defined by the characteristics of works produced by composers at that time.

Features of composition may be confined to only one musical period; or may span several if not all of them.

National 3

Styles

Styles introduced at National 3 are Musical and Scottish.

National 4

Styles

Styles introduced at National 4 are Baroque, Concerto, Opera and Romantic.

Melody/Harmony

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 4 are Arpeggio, Broken chord and Pedal.

Texture/Structure/Form

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 4 are ABA, Canon, Imitation and Ternary.

National 5

Styles

Styles introduced at National 5 are Aria, Chorus, Classical and Symphony.

Melody/Harmony

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 5 are Atonal, Cluster, Contrary motion, Counter melody and Inverted pedal.

Rhythm/Tempo

Rhythm/Tempo concept introduced at National 5 is Cross rhythm.

Texture/Structure/Form

Melody/Harmony concepts introduced at National 5 are AB, Binary, Coda, Contrapuntal, Ground bass, Homophonic, Polyphonic and Rondo.