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Section 13.4 The Asymmetrical Period

Asymmetrical periods consist of three or five phrases. In an asymmetrical period, there will be an unequal number of antecedents and consequents, hence the “asymmetry.” In the example below, there is one antecedent and two consequents.

Figure 13.4.1 Chopin, Prelude Op. 28, No. 20, in C minor