(from Gk. strophe).
Term applied to song in which the same mus. is repeated, perhaps with very minor change, for each successive stanza of setting of a poem, in manner of folk‐song. The opposite, where the mus. progresses, is called ‘through‐composed' (Ger. Durchkomponiert). In general, the strophic song is simple and lyrical, the through‐composed more dramatic or complex.