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Music Term: Parody

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Parody


Definition and background:

A humorous or satirical composition which exaggerates the features of some other composition such as Bach Portrait by P. D. Q. Bach ( Peter Schickele). A composition where a new text has been substituted for the original as in Fat (after Bad by Michael Jackson) by 'Weird Al' Yankovic. A Renaissance style of composition, especially prominent in the composition of Masses, in which older material was used in the creation of new music. For a composition to be a parody, it was necessary to incorporate the entire substance of the original material into the new, not merely a tune or a few lines of text.


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