What is meant by 'melodic shape' ?
Question: What is meant by the melodic shape of a music piece? - Smartie

Answer: It's one of those things that might sound more sophisticated than it is : melodies rise in pitch, going up, and they fall in pitch, going down. They go up and down over time. That's the shape.

You might have a melody that works its way gradually higher and reaches a peak, then falls - that would be a classic sort of melodic shape.

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