melodic theme

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Noun1.melodic theme - (music) melodic subject of a musical compositionmelodic theme - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
motif, motive - a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
variation - a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
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In the same manner that repetition allows a listener to hear a melodic theme slowly transform, the repetition in the text allows the reader to dissect a word down to the etymology and the emotion it carries.
It often has a dense layering of sounds, and his way of composing often involves stacking up variations on a brief melodic theme so that they constantly change in the way they interact.
using the background music in the aim Heart Beat (1979), he explains how a melodic theme exemplifies a particular character and is transformed across scenes according to how the roles played by that character are transformed in the story.
For in the best pop tradition - and, make no mistake, it is unashamedly poppy - Find Your Mother barely alights on one melodic theme before flitting away to another, each as infectious as the last.
At the very start of the 1st movement he consciously identifies with Smetana's legacy: in response to the challenge of the first violin, the melodic theme of the viola, then passed on to the cello, spreads out over the tremolo of the second violin.
Fifty years is a basic melodic theme with a beauty that overrides clashing discords and transfers one variation
This amazing composition kept one's interest throughout, with its varying moods, but always having a melodic theme, with unusual rhythms.
Composers, says Roger Wojahn, can offer "a great melodic theme that will make their spot better than they can imagine.
Solitude" is a slightly brooding ballad on which the main theme is played (arco) by bassist Bronek Suchanek; "Tango Soledad" is a drastically different take on the same melodic theme, with the piano leading the trio in an assertive tango arrangement.
The upbeat bebop-mambo Apple Turnover opens with a catchy melodic theme and bright happy harmonies.
Melon shines on Salsera, a boppish melodic theme that lets him showcase his improvisational skills.