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A term adopted from linguistic syntax and used for a complete musical idea, for instance a self-contained theme; a sentence is generally defined as the sum of two or four phrases arranged in a complementary manner and ending with a perfect cadence. It therefore has much the same meaning as ‘period’, though it lacks the flexibility of the latter term, being restricted to dance-like and other symmetrically built musical statements. It is sometimes useful to treat ‘sentence’ as an intermediary term between ‘phrase’ and ‘period’....

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