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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# Some general rules (not set in stone) are you might want to start with an exposition (beginning, which kind of introduces the piece) and have a middle section, called the development (kind of starts something new, it's the majority of the piece) and end with the recapitulation (might be a mix of the exposition and development). But there are many ways you can do this. You might also want to consider the phrasing. Phrases commonly are made up of 4 measures, it's a complete musical thought. 2 phrases make a period, which usually ends on a perfect authentic cadence, the strongest type. The end of the first phrase ends on a weeker cadence, often a half cadence. You can also have double periods, 3-phrase periods, and even more. The end of the piece will probably need to end on a perfect authentic cadence, meaning it will end on a 5 to 1. For instance, in C major, G is the 5 and C is the 1. You will want it to end on the tonic of the key, which is C in this case. You could end it on a 4 to 1, or 6 to 1, just as long as it ends on 1. Although that's not written in stone, it's pretty important and should probably be done for the best results. You can probably search the web for further understanding, I don't know if you'll understand what I'm talking about exactly, since I don't know how much you already know about theory. But good luck on the piece! #endquote#
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