2nd October 2019


What is a phrase in music?

In music theory, a phrase (Greek: φράση) is a unit of musical meter that has a complete musical sense of its own, built from figures, motifs, and cells, and combining to form melodies, periods and larger sections. Terms such as sentence and verse have been adopted into the vocabulary of music from linguistic syntax.

Beside this, what is a harmonic ostinato?

Like a melodic ostinato, a "harmonic ostinato" is a repeated pattern intended to be performed together with melody. But a harmonic ostinato produces homophonic texture because it contains a repeated pattern of chords.

What is the difference between an ostinato and a riff?

'Ostinato' is more often used when describing classical music. 'Riff' is more often used when describing pop music and 'loop' is used in contemporary dance music. A riff, ostinato or loop is a repeated pattern of notes. You can hear the riff played on the guitar.

What is the definition of syncopation in music?

More simply, syncopation is a general term for "a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm": a "placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn't normally occur." In the form of a back beat, syncopation is used in virtually all contemporary popular music.
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