What does this word mean? and
When you were talking about the
Continuation phrase – 1 chord per bar. (might be talking about the bass) This is an acceleration of the harmonic rhythm. Are you talking about the bass not the treble clef?
A motive is a short musical idea, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes that has some special importance in or is characteristic of a composition: “The motive is the smallest structural unit possessing thematic identity.”
Basically it is usually a few notes, with a characteristic feature, like a characteristic interval or rhythm. Motives tend to be unique, or unusual, especially when compared to conventional material (such as arpeggios or scales).
As far as harmonic acceleration, that refers to the underlying harmony, and is not referring specifically to the bass or treble clef.
Let’s say you have 1 chord for every two measures in the presentation phrase. This means the harmony would change every two measures, eg:
C | C | G | G
In the continuation phrase, you may have harmony every bar, or even half-bar.
C | Dm | G7 | C
This is harmonic acceleration.
Thanks so much. I’ve got more to learn in basics.