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Chapter 4. A look at musical form - Pg. 99

99 Chapter 4. A look at musical form Info To examine the Logic files for this chapter, copy the folders named `form' and `exile' from the CD to your computer. Practically all music has form ­ a structure or framework, often planned before the composition process even begins. I'm referring here to composed music as opposed to improvised music (al- though improvisation is often based on form anyway). The casual listener does not always notice the form, nor should they because in most cases it's a hidden element. They enjoy the music on a superficial level, and quite rightly so. After all, when we gaze at a work of art we are not necessarily examining its hidden form. We appreciate the whole picture. Sometimes the musical form is very simple and glaringly obvious, the 12 bar blues being a perfect example. Other times it's very complicated and stretched across a long time span. A classical sym- phony, for instance, may contain four complete movements and last up to 45 minutes or more. One thing's for sure. Although the listener may not be consciously aware of musical form, they