shape
(shape)


[Eng.]


The direction of a melody; the abstract quality of the motion and figure of a composition, achieved through dynamics, pitch direction, and tempo.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Shape, ascending:
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550, IV
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 3
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, Prelude.
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 65
Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 3

Shape, descending:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II, Pas de Deux

W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 5
Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 54
Josquin Desprez: El Grillo
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 41
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux, Fossiles
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 15

Shape, wave:
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
Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 9
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 36

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