Definition and background:
Complete, self-contained section within a larger musical composition. a section of a more extended work that is more or less complete in itself, although occasionally movements are linked together, either through the choice of a final inconclusive chord or by a linking note, as in the first and second movement of Mendelssohn's violin concerto.
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