contrast
(KON-trast)


[Eng.]


A compositional device which has come to be one of the principal properties of good music. A variety of contrast(s) such as tempo (contrasting fast to slow), timbre (contrasting strings to brass or strings to woodwinds), dynamics (contrasting loud to soft), and meter (contrasting duple to triple) is essential to good composition. Contrast is a means to maintain listener interest.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, II (piano entrance)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 4
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 (Razumovsky), I
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 30

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