Theme and variation

From Musipedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Definition

The structure of a piece where the melody is heard (this is the theme), then returns several times with variations. Each variation will alter some aspect of the music, although it should still remain recognisable.

Examples


Follow the notation as you listen to this simple theme.


Follow the notation as you listen to the first variation.


Follow the notation as you listen to the third variation.


Follow the notation as you listen to the eight variation.


Follow the notation as you listen to the tenth variation.


Follow the notation as you listen to the twelfth and final variation.

Related concepts