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measures in length) of melody, written in octaves to give added force and brilliancy to the finish.
In "popular" waltz songs the chorus may be written with a first and second ending, as this style of refrain lends itself readily to repetition. The first ending should be writ­ten so that the accompaniment continues and leads back into the beginning of the chorus melody naturally and easily and without a break. Example:
In waltz movements, where the melody moves in dotted half notes, or a half note and a quarter note, such as the following example, an effective accompaniment is:
This form of accompaniment should not, however, be employed where the melody contains several notes in each measure, as the execution required for this is quite difficult and simplicity must always be the object in view.
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