List of musical forms by era

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This is a list of musical forms and genres organized according to the eras of Classical music. The form of a musical composition refers to the general outline of the composition, based on the sections that comprise it or on specific details that are unique to a certain type of composition. For example, a rondo is based on alternation between familiar and novel sections (ABACA); a mazurka is defined by its meter and rhythm; a nocturne is based on the mood it creates, required to be inspired by or evocative of night. This list summarizes these broadly-defined forms and genres within the musical periods that they arose or became common.

Medieval[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

Baroque[edit]

Classical and Romantic[edit]

20th and 21st Century[edit]