What Is a Module?
A module is a musical idea, however small or large, that is repeated, manipulated and developed to form a larger musical structure.  A fugue subject is a module.  The various motivic ideas that comprise the fugue subject are modules.  A sonata theme is a module, and the various rhythmic, harmonic and motivic ideas that comprise that theme are also modules.  The theme for a set of variations is a module, as are its various component phrases and ideas.  In a large set of variations - the last movement of Brahms' fourth symphony, for example - groups of variations function as modules.
What Is a Module?

Developing the Module

Combining Modules

Functions of a Module

Symphonic Composition
Modular Composition

What Is a Module?
Lester Allyson Knibbs, Ph.D.
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