A phrase is a section of a melody that works as a musical unit. Phrase generally end with a cadence. The following excerpt from a menuet by Bach menuet has two phrases:

Phrases are very often of 4 or 8 measures in lenght but they can be of any shorter or longer.

See Phrases, Periods and Motives for more information.


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