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Music 101: What Is a Reprise? Learn How Reprise Is Used in Music With Examples

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 • 3 min read

Composers rarely intend for a piece of music to be played once and never again. That’s why pop songwriters repeat entire sections, classical composers use recapitulations, and Broadway creators bring back key songs during the course of a musical. These repetitions are known as a reprise.