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In reference to music, what is the difference between these terms?
Is the first subject the same as the exposition?
Is the second subject the same as the development section?
Is a musical motif the same as a music theme?
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HEY so from what i know I believe the 1st subject is a repeated idea or phrase in the music which is introduced FIRST (i.e. before any other ideas)The exposition is more like a section of the music, used a lot in classical music when the structure of the piece is divided into three - known as sonata form. This is where the first part of the piece is called the exposition, the second is the development and the third, the recapitulation.So with regards to your next question the second subject is a new idea used in the music (separate from the first subject). Sometimes it appears in the development section, but it can also be introduced in the exposition! It's a bit confusing I know loolAnd for the last question, depending on your definition for a
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(Original post by Djerun)
In reference to music, what is the difference between these terms?
Is the first subject the same as the exposition?
Is the second subject the same as the development section?
Is a musical motif the same as a music theme?
SORRY MY LAST POST GOT CUT OFF aha
So a motif could definitely be described as a theme if it is repeated throughout the piece!
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hey yeah lithium92 is correct, it is more normal for the 1st and 2nd subjects to be introduced in the exposition (in Mozart 41 they are both introduced within the first 4 bars!) The Development is used to explore new keys but uses the material of the 1st and 2nd subjects to base the music on. Sometimes composers can push the boundaries a bit so Beethoven introduces a completely new theme in his Development section of Symphony 3 even though he's introduced his 1st and 2nd subjects in the Exposition already... (sorry that bit is a tad irrelevant!)

In simple terms though a "normal" sonata form would look like this:
Exposition: 1st subject, 2nd subject (normally in dominant if in major key or relative major if in minor key)
Development
Recapitulation: 1st subject, 2nd subject (normally stays in same key as 1st subj for recap)
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SORRY MY LAST POST GOT CUT OFF aha
So a motif could definitely be described as a theme if it is repeated throughout the piece!
Thank you! You've practically answered everything I needed to know Just preparing for the AQA Music A level exam next monday, so just need to make sure I'm certain on the definitions!
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