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Music Term: Round

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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

Round


Definition and background:

A part song or instrumental piece which starts off with a single voice or instrument on the tune, followed at intervals by the other voices which enter individually and perform exactly the same melody, thus forming a polyphonic harmony out of a simple melody. Also see catch, canon. A cannon in unison. One singer begins the round. As the first singer reaches a specific point, a second singer begins at the beginning. Rounds are usually in three or four parts. a type of short canon for unaccompanied voices, each of which enters in turn to sing the same melody. A well-known round is row, row, row your boatcircle canon-a piece written in one line where the various parts are offset in time, and are so written to harmonize

A cannon in unison. One singer begins the round. As the first singer reaches a specific point, a second singer begins at the beginning. Rounds are usually in three or four parts


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