Tip #29 – Building a Double Period


Not like that.

A double period consists of 4 phrases with cadential motion at the end of phrases 2 & 4. Typically, the first cadence is weaker than the last, but there are always exceptions.

The idea is to have phrases 1 & 3 flow well into phrases 2 & 4 respectively and not have the motion stop.

Also, phrases 1 & 3 ultimately determine if the double period is parallel or contrasting (former shown above, and the latter as shown below):

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