Choose the letter which begins musical term that you would like to learn about:
A small grand piano.
Sketches, short pieces, trifles.
The harmonious adjustment of volume and timbre
between instruments or voices; it can be between players or vocalists
or electronically while recording or mixing.
A song, short and simple, designed to suit a popular audience. Usually in descriptive form.
In the medieval period a form of trouvčres music
and poetry. In later time, German poetry set as a through-composed
An instrumental ensemble, usually made up of wind
and percussion instruments and no string instruments.
A five stringed instrument with long neck, whose sound is reinforced by a parchment covered hoop.
A song of air sung by the Venetian gondoliers.
The vertical line placed on the staff to divide
the music into measures.
The period 1600-1750. Read more about the Baroque Period.
Another name for the F clef.
Basso continuo, Continuo, Thorough-bass
The Baroque practice in which the bass part is played by a viola
da gamba(cello) or bassoon while a keyboard instrument performed
the bass line and the indicated chords.
Conductor's stick which is used to keep time.
Beat, bar, or measure. A due or a tre battuta,
the musical rhythm in groups of two or three respectively.
Well. Used with other words, e.g. ben marcato, well
The term for describing a composition of
two sections. AB, each of which may be repeated.
Repeated twice. An encore.
The occurrence of two different tonalities
at the same time.
A French dance from the 17th century in brisk
duple time starting with a pickup.
Wind instruments made out of metal with
either a cup- or funnel-shaped mouthpiece, such as trumpet, cornet,
bugle, Flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, baritone horn, euphonium, saxhorn,
and French horn.
Notes of a chord played in succession rather
than simultaneously. Arpeggio.
Some definitions and terms excerpted from
Belwin Pocket Dictionary of Music: Music Theory Dictionary
By Dr. William Lee
Students may purchase a copy for home use at cost
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