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AABA

A refrain structure in which an initial A section is followed by a second A section of identical musical material, followed by a section of contrasting musical material, and concluded with a repetition of the initial A section. Lyrics change in each section, but there is usually a repeated lyric in the same location of each A section (e.g., lyric is repeated either the beginning or the end of the A sections). Generally this corresponds to a refrain of typically 8-bar sections. AABA refers to the structure of the Refrain, not the structure of the song.

Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
My Pal Joey
Climb Every Mountain
The Sound of Music
Cock-Eyed Optimist
South Pacific
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Wizard of Oz
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
AABA

A refrain structure in which an initial A section is followed by a second A section of identical musical material, followed by a section of contrasting musical material, and concluded with a repetition of the initial A section. Lyrics change in each section, but there is usually a repeated lyric in the same location of each A section (e.g., lyric is repeated either the beginning or the end of the A sections). Generally this corresponds to a refrain of typically 8-bar sections. AABA refers to the structure of the Refrain, not the structure of the song.




Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
My Pal Joey



Climb Every Mountain
The Sound of Music



Cock-Eyed Optimist
South Pacific



Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Wizard of Oz



The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music