Definition of Melodic theme
1. Noun. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition. "The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Air, Line, Melodic Line, Melodic Phrase, Melody, Strain, Tune
Specialized synonyms: Motif, Motive, Statement, Variation
Derivative terms: Thematic
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Literary usage of Melodic theme
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Music (1901)
"This part of the movement works up to a brilliant climax which is linked to the trio by the horns which take up a quieter and more melodic theme with ..."
2. Richard Strauss, the Man and His Works by Henry Theophilus Finck (1917)
"One may in particular call the main theme in the Heldenleben a melodic theme; a melody it is not; and as for the motive of the opponents, that is the direct ..."
3. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"... then two, then three;—and upon its fifth presentation the actual melodic Theme of the work is erected upon it, followed by 15 variations, and a Finale. ..."
4. The Journal of American Folk-lore by American Folklore Society (1920)
"... and indicating their internal or external development or variation by means of extensions or contractions of the melodic theme. ..."
5. Complete Musical Analysis: A System Designed to Cultivate the Art of by Alfred John Goodrich (1889)
"It is neither possible nor desirable with such variations to indicate by means of accentuation the melodic theme; but it is necessary that the performer ..."
6. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1878)
"... though the charm may in certain moods and situations now and then come back. But a pregnant melody, or a melodic theme, ..."