There is a brief description of the ternary form of music, with some examples, at:
Mendelssohn's "Song Without Words" is one example.
Do not confuse ABA with ABBA ;-)
One of the examples mentioned is played at (Broken Link Removed)
Examples of da capo arias, which are in ternary form, are provided at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_capo_aria . There are several in Handel's "Messiah"
The ABA form?
The first and third parts are very similar, sometimes identical. The second part, the B part, is sharply contrasted to the first and third.
Here is a sample:
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