Definition of through-composed in English:



  • (of a composition, especially a song) not based on repeated sections or verses, especially having different music for each verse.

    Also called durchkomponiert
    • ‘Schnittke's through-composed style is at times powerfully direct, but sometimes too direct, the chorus's declamation dramatic yet detached and almost perfunctory.’
    • ‘Because the same music was used for every stanza, the possibilities for detailed word-painting were limited: this is the key difference between the frottola and the through-composed madrigal.’
    • ‘Perhaps the musical future will be more romantic, more through-composed, than classic (with Bachian closed forms) after all?’
    • ‘Henze's through-composed settings are rich in orchestral colour and character.’
    • ‘In 1916 he wrote what was most probably the first through-composed score for a feature film, The Fall of a Nation, a silent epic.’