Overview
Linear and periodic structures correspond to the horizontal and vertical elements in music.  A melody is a simple example of a linear structure.  A chord is a simple example of a periodic structure.  A canon is a more complex example of a linear structure.  A set of variations is a more complex example of a periodic structure.

No musical composition is a pure and simple example of either linear or periodic structure.  Much of the fascination in listening to music is in the interrelationships between dynamic linear and periodic elements.
RIFFS
Linear & Periodical Structures
Overview
Lester Allyson Knibbs, Ph.D.
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Introduction

The Chaconne

Cadential Structure

Unitary & Binary Structures

Linear & Periodic Structures ---

Riff Modalities

Structural Counterpoint

Modular Composition

Appendices
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In the Music of Bach

In Cadential Structure

In Symphonic Composition

In Twentieth Century Music

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