Sequence

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Definition

A melodic phrase which is immediately repeated at a higher or lower pitch.

Notice that each bar in the following notation has the same rhythm and musical 'shape', but each bar is moved down one note compared with the previous bar. This is an example of a descending sequence.

A musical example of a sequence (descending)


Examples


This hymn features sequence in the chorus where the word 'Gloria!' is sung.

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