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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Baby grand
Baby grand piano A small grand piano.


Bagatelles
Sketches, short pieces, trifles.

Balance
The harmonious adjustment of volume and timbre between instruments or voices; it can be between players or vocalists or electronically while recording or mixing.

Ballad
A song, short and simple, designed to suit a popular audience. Usually in descriptive form.

Ballade
In the medieval period a form of trouvčres music and poetry. In later time, German poetry set as a through-composed song.

Band
An instrumental ensemble, usually made up of wind and percussion instruments and no string instruments.

Banjo
A five stringed instrument with long neck, whose sound is reinforced by a parchment covered hoop.

Barcarolle
A song of air sung by the Venetian gondoliers.

Bar line
Barline The vertical line placed on the staff to divide the music into measures.


Baroque
The period 1600-1750. Read more about the Baroque Period.

Bass clef
Bass ClefAnother 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.

Baton
Conductor's stick which is used to keep time.

Battuto
Beat, bar, or measure. A due or a tre battuta, the musical rhythm in groups of two or three respectively.

Ben
Well. Used with other words, e.g. ben marcato, well accented, emphasized.

Binary form
The term for describing a composition of two sections. AB, each of which may be repeated.

Bis
Repeated twice. An encore.

Bitonality
The occurrence of two different tonalities at the same time.

Bourreé
A French dance from the 17th century in brisk duple time starting with a pickup.

Brass family
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.

Broken chord
Notes of a chord played in succession rather than simultaneously. Arpeggio.


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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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