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This is a guest post from former VCE student Erin Lancaster for VCE Music. If you want to write a guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.


MELODY
Function, shape, register, phrasing, tonality, general character


Theme
Statement
Subject
Counter-melodies
Focus lines
Competition
Riff
Shape/Contour
Ascending
Descending
Angular
Undulating
Consistent
Inconsistent
Arch like
Sequential
Fragmented
Continuously unfolding
Symmetrical
Asymmetrical
Short phrases
Extended phrases
Balanced, even
Melodic Devices
Climax
Question and Answer
Internal variation
Repetition
Contrasts (inversion, retrograde)
Sequence
Imitation
Conventional/unique
Unresolved
Register and Range
Small range
Big range
Big leaps; disjunct
Small intervals; conju...

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